A new breed of Puritans exist in America these days, but they ironically want nothing to do with Christianity. They’re overwhelmingly secular college kids who spend their days and nights looking for ways to be offended. Comic Book Resources reported Thursday that Marvel Comics cowered to their latest tantrum over a variant cover for Invincible Iron Man #1.

The charge: Riri Williams was allegedly too (gasp!) sexual.

If you want further proof that Marvel’s comic book division is run by emasculated man-boys, then check out my latest YouTube video below.

Ask yourself: How can a company that survives on art last if the Social Justice Puritans have veto power over variant covers?

Update, Oct. 24, 2016: Frank Cho is now calling the social justice obsessive “Neo-Puritans.” Score.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

35 comments

    1. “Lol– emasculated man boys, indeed!”

      If this is the kind of variant cover they will torpedo, then they might as well start putting female superheroes in burlap sacks with a couple holes cut out for eyes.

  1. I really don’t see the issue with that cover–is it because her midriff is bare?

    I mean, with Campbell, he does kind of has one way of drawing women–which is cute and shapely. But I see nothing wrong with this cover.

    1. “I really don’t see the issue with that cover–is it because her midriff is bare?”

      That, and she’s a fit woman who is wearing yoga pants. And if a man draws a woman in yoga pants, then something must be amiss! Rarrrrgh!

      “I mean, with Campbell, he does kind of has one way of drawing women–which is cute and shapely. But I see nothing wrong with this cover.”

      You don’t see anything wrong with the image because you’re a normal person who doesn’t see everything through the eyes of the evil “patriarchy”…

    2. Obviously you need SJW eyes. You need a magnifying glass and a copy of the latest feminist-gender offense rule book complete with the exception supplement to participate properly. And remember the word ‘problematic’

      If you look carefully, Riri seems to check the correct boxes, she has non-straightened hair…sort-of, is Black and is a woman…however you can see that her figure is offensive toward non-hot-normative girls. Her hips also may hint at possible entry for patriarchal white men. Her supple and toned torso may suggest to the reader that she is ‘sexy’ which is the prelude to sexual assault unless she is obviously enthusiastically consenting.

      Women need to be strong and own their sexuality…by hiding it and/or crying in a corner because of the unstoppable patriarchy. Riri looks bold and confident, and that doesn’t promote the positive, strong role model women need in comic books. If only she were getting beat up and assaulted to show true feminism.

      Sorry man, that’s in truth what the people that are complaining think…how they think…it’s truly terrible.

  2. Nothing wrong with the image, as those kinds of images are all around us. Sounds like a bunch of guys who can’t get it up.

  3. Did you just say….BROAD-cast?!?!?! I’m triggered, I’m triggered!!!

    I wonder if BMB will pull a Joss Whedon and go “Conservatives are the real enemy a-holes!! WAH” (kicks sand)

  4. It seems more and more I hear about covers getting pulled (they usually seem to be variant covers too), because of the constant whining and cries of fools, and the fools whose job (I say responsibility) to put that art out there censor themselves and their artists to appease a screaming chorus of perpetual bullies that can never be appeased. I NEVER want art or artists to be censored.

    I’ve seen that some people who are complaining seem to be using the thought that it’s because she is 15 years old as to why this needs to be removed, We have seen covers of RiRi in a belly shirt before, so why complain now? The pose is as harmless as it gets.This cover is a non-issue to anyone without a need to be constantly offended at everything. If this is unacceptable and cannot be sold or seen, then they truly are lost.

    I want art that actually does try to offend, I want art that tries to disgust me and makes me feel emotions I’d rather not have. Whether it is images, words or sounds I want it all to be available to me and where I have the option to avoid what I want to avoid and consume what I want to consume. As it stands, pretty much nothing offends me except for the idiocy and blatant authoritarianism people who want to censor art practice in the name of “the greater good”. Imagine all of the art and culture from our history we would not have if it was created today because it was censored in the name of social justice.

    Somehow it seems that being weak, being a victim, being offended by every little thing, and never having your ideas or morals or concept of the world challenged became something to aspire to for these kind of people. Being a child who cries about being made to feel bad and wants the world to be a constantly accepting place that is safe and kind and “pure” is who they choose to be. They have a view of the world so twisted that these people could never survive in the real world.

    So they need to warp our own thought and ideas. To enact their horrid world, they need to tell us we are bad people, what is bad art, bad ideas, bad thoughts and bad opinions. And they feel that all of these things must not be seen and be judged on their own merits, not raised to achievement or banished to ridicule on the basis of allowing everyone to judge for themselves. And they do this through a facade of righteousness in order to make everyone as weak and pathetic as them. They need to hold back all that offends them and threatens the hell they want to bring so they scream as loudly as they can, And the creators listen, they give in to the cries of this slithering mass of petulant crusaders and help them to achieve their goals. They listen because they don’t want to be racist, or sexist or all of the other words that have been diluted and corrupted far beyond their original meaning.

    I want to see what they don’t want me to see, I don’t want to live in a Stepford world where ideas and art can be censored because they are deemed wrong by those who care about every type of diversity in the book except for one, Intellectual diversity. The Ideas and concepts and art that challenge, that lead to negative thoughts and feelings that shows the world. both the good and bad and all there is in-between. The things that allow people to grow and develop, and not parrot ridiculous ideas in order to make a society where everyone is as weak-minded and easily offended as they are. These people know they cannot excel, they cannot succeed on their own ideas and thoughts and art, so they want to drag the rest of us down with them so they don’t feel bad about their own failed lives.

    To Marvel, DC and anyone else all I have to say is this:

    Never give in to these people, they cannot be satisfied or reasoned with. Their entire reason for being is to be offended to achieve their goals of a world devoid of everything that makes it so interesting and wonderful. As you continue to give in to them, they will find ever-increasingly small things to be offended by and demand to be destroyed, and you will have gone so far down your path of destruction in the name of what they claim is right that there will be no turning back. No how much you capitulate, or apologize or censor they will never stop until free thought is dead.

    1. “To Marvel, DC and anyone else all I have to say is this: Never give in to these people, they cannot be satisfied or reasoned with. Their entire reason for being is to be offended to achieve their goals of a world devoid of everything that makes it so interesting and wonderful. As you continue to give in to them, they will find ever-increasingly small things to be offended by and demand to be destroyed, and you will have gone so far down your path of destruction in the name of what they claim is right that there will be no turning back. No how much you capitulate, or apologize or censor they will never stop until free thought is dead.”

      Thanks for writing this, Carnage707. It’s replies like yours that in many ways make this blog worth writing on a regular basis. It’s heartening to see that there are other men and women out there who will stand up to the Thought Police.

  5. I wonder how many of these people had mommies that told them to always dress/overdress warmly for the winter…and they had their nostalgic values somehow chained to those moments forever more?

  6. It’s like the Manera Spider-Woman cover all over again, except it makes even less sense this time. At least with the Manera variant, yeah, it was heavily sexualized (not that they should’ve bowed to the pressure to self-censor then either).

    Doug, you were reading and reviewing Iron Man when Riri first appeared. Do you plan on checking out the new title with her?

    1. “It’s like the Manera Spider-Woman cover all over again, except it makes even less sense this time. At least with the Manera variant, yeah, it was heavily sexualized (not that they should’ve bowed to the pressure to self-censor then either).”

      Agreed. At what point does it stop? It’s almost as if artists are going to be told to only draw ugly people who are stand still like The Tin Man from the “Wizard of Oz.” It’s like we went to sleep and woke up in alternate universe of ideological loons.

      “Doug, you were reading and reviewing Iron Man when Riri first appeared. Do you plan on checking out the new title with her?”

      I didn’t add the book to my pull list, but I anticipate reading at least the first three issues. As I did with Ms. Marvel, I’ll give it a fair shake. I’m usually in the comic shop right when it opens on Wednesday, so it shouldn’t be a problem. My shift at work starts at 11:00 a.m., which gives me just enough time to get to the store and drive home for work.

    1. “What do female readers think of the cover?”

      It depends on which females you’re asking. Heh. If you asked women on some Tumblr website “Down with the patriarchy!” then you would get a very different answer than if you just went through CBR’s message boards.

  7. Another depressing comic book scandal, I see. I wonder how long this stuff will continue before Marvel realizes the people truly offended probably don’t read comics or aren’t interested in Marvel’s.

  8. I’m not surprised. They’ve been attacking J. Scott Campbell for years. All for the “crime” of drawing extremely beautiful women. Apparently in SJW Land, that’s “bad.” They won’t be satisfied until every female comics character looks like Trigglypuff.

    1. “They won’t be satisfied until every female comics character looks like Trigglypuff.”

      I sort of feel bad for that young lady, because video of her melting down is forever. That will follow her for at least a decade… One would think young people would get that by now.

    1. “It’s more of an issue because the character is a teen-aged kid.”

      This would make sense if the picture were sexual, but … it’s not. The character is wearing a pretty normal outfit for teenagers these days. She’s not wearing a bikini, she’s not wearing lingerie, and she’s not in a seductive pose with some cheesy “come hither” look. It’s just a female character with a, “Yeah, I’m the new Iron Man” look. And…it’s a variant.

      The only thing I can possibly think is someone just said, “Yoga pants? Nooooooo!” If that’s the case, then I guess Marvel should not create teenage characters in 2016.

    2. Today Marvel is run by emasculated man-boys who cower before the SJWs/neo-Puritans and do whatever they command. It’s really, really sad. Meanwhile, DC is completely outselling them (in the comics department, anyway) because they (gasp!) actually listened to their fans and went back to basics. Who’d have thought that actually respecting tradition would bring fans back, huh?

  9. It seems like the SJW crowd is so hungry to be offended that they continue to eat their own. Could it just be that people complain to get attention? At this point publishers should make covers to trigger to get extra attention to boost sales. Marvel is constantly using diversity as a marketing tool now rather than writing good stories,Ms. Marvel is a great example as I discussed in my reviews of the first few issues, if anyone wants to see them: https://youtu.be/POiiOozVXZY?list=PLGqpVg3_EL5CSlVeGy6d5V08dxgWnni14

    and

    The books were decent but they were way over hyped. The reviews gushed over the book and tried to inflate sales as if it was something incredibly original even thought it was a story very similar to many such as Spider-Man.

    Publishers need to make decision, are they going full SJW to please them or are they going to break the left leaning limp wrists to actually stand up for something with more than their twitter feeds.

    1. “Any plans to write about the Chelsea Cain/Mockingbird cancellation debacle?”

      I’m not up on that, but I’m happy to discuss if you want to share a link. 🙂

    2. “Although so far no one actually has presented any screen shots of the harassing tweets, so I can’t confirm if they were harassing her or just criticizing her work.”

      The funny thing is, I saw that cover and debated buying the issue for a quick blogpost. Now I’m sort of kicking myself.

      Here’s the thing: She and the creative team behind the book invited criticism by making “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda” the cover. So if she doesn’t like the feedback that she’s getting on Twitter (i.e., a platform where she can ignore, mute, or block other users), then that’s her problem. If people were saying mean things to her on a public account after she poked the hornet’s nest, then she doesn’t get to cry when she gets stung.

      As for David F. Walker’s “you have a problem with me” tough-guy tweet, I have to wonder if he’s been hanging out with Joe “behind the gym” Biden.

      Note to David F. Walker: If you refer to yourself as a “Badazz MoFo” on Twitter, then odds are that you are not. Don’t make me laugh.

      Anyone who does weird activist stuff and then shuts down their Twitter account when they get backlash has problems. I don’t think people should say mean things for the sake of being mean, but at the same time a writer needs to have thicker skin. My goodness.

    3. Wow…so I took a quick look around, and there’s not even one example of the bad harassing tweets.

      Fortunately, feminist behavior allows us to piece the possible tweets she received that caused her to quit:

      “What is Mockingbirds feminist agenda?”

      “I’m not interested in a book about safe-spaces and being a cry-bully”

      “There’s a Mockingbird book?”

      “This is not may favorite form of literal expression”

      They love circling the wagon’s don’t they. Only a few dissenters out there asking where the tweets are…probably guys about to receive a visit from DAVID F. WALKER, FEMINIST ENFORCER.

    4. Yeah, other people have tried looking for the hostile tweets but haven’t found much. https://t.co/NahfuG7tBC

      I’m surprised sites like CBR ran with that explanation without showing actual evidence of it. I do think writers need thicker skin, because you’re going to have a wide range of people responding to your story. At the same time I hate that this happened because Marvel has a problem, but by anyone resorting to harassment, you make it harder on folks like us who have legit complaints.

    5. I bet those tweets were it.

      And I bet the journalists that reported this know it was those tweets, knew that most of the public would scoff, and slyly hoped that her small group of followers would go along and the rest would accept a massive hate campaign without looking into it.

      If I’m wrong though, I would admit it far faster than one of her supporters would.

      Certain people believe that even legitimate criticism is tantamount to rape apology in the world we live in now.

    6. “And I bet the journalists that reported this know it was those tweets, knew that most of the public would scoff, and slyly hoped that her small group of followers would go along and the rest would accept a massive hate campaign without looking into it.”

      The harassment was so bad that … the comic industry “reporter” failed to cite a single example of harassment. 😉

      Comics Beat: Mean people said mean stuff to person. Person had to go away. I won’t give examples, but … mean people!

      Comics Beat Readers: Mean people are mean! We love you comics-writer person!

  10. Sounds like a cry for attention to me. “My book was cancelled, what can I do to get attention for more work, I know make a big thing about a few tweets.”
    Is making mean tweets good, no but this is silly.

    1. Axel Alonso: “I stand w/ Chelsea Cain…”

      Ummm, for what? Because a couple people online gave her some mild criticism and trolling? Slow clap for Axel Alonso. I kind of just feel bad for these people. They’re so weak that you can’t help but pity them.

    2. Like you said, Cain invited criticism by putting “Ask me about my feminist agenda” on the cover. You can’t expect to put something like that on a cover and not expect to receive some pushback. Like most feminists, she conflates legitimate criticism with “harassment.”

      And it’s extremely telling that they couldn’t produce a single example of a “harassing” Tweet, so forgive me if I’m skeptical of her story. Captain Frugal is right; she’s just bitter that her book got cancelled and wanted attention.

  11. It’s interesting that these Marvel writers cannot grasp the practice of compartmentalizing their work.

    What I mean is this: You’re a writer. So you write a Mockingbird adventure, for the general population. Throw some of your own POV coloration in for distinction and flavor, sure, but still aim at the general population. Then, have a blog that’s separate from your adventure-writing work. Blog about whatever you like. Have it be a blog about cooking or your love of skiing, if you like. But it’s different from your comic-book work. Or you do an indie book, to complement your mainstream work.

    Then if you want, write op-ed essays about your social views. Try to be the next Camille Paglia or Jonah Goldberg. Why not, it’s a free country? But your blog doesn’t bleed over into the comic work, your comics don’t bleed over into your essays. As a writer, you wear different “hats”. (Then in addition you don’t have a Twitter account, so you can’t be harassed by nut-balls).

    Instead, what you have here are writers trying to combine everything they might want to do as writers, and would like to say, into one medium. It’s like they take the turkey, the gravy, the mashed potatoes, and the mushroom soup/onion chip green-beans, and mash it into one big ball. So it becomes distasteful.

    I am a minister, but I communicate differently when I’m just chatting with someone at the grocery store than when I’m delivering a message from the platform Sunday morning. Took me a long time to learn these distinctions. If I ever wrote a sci-fi story, I’m sure my religious beliefs would inform the story, but I know I would write it differently than if a religious publisher contracted with me to write a book about Theology.

    But I don’t see this sort of common sense, or courtesy, happening with these (frankly, B- and C-list) genre writers. Instead, they use the titles as an excuse to preach, and then refuse to believe their obnoxious sermons have anything to do with the diminishing comic-book market. Just like the NFL won’t admit that the anti-America protests being forced on the fans has anything to do with falling ratings.

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