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I was reading a bit about Nick Spencer and Captain America and there is a *lot* of commentary that begins with “I like Nick Spencer's work. He's not a bad author. But…”

I'm like… if I had to get paid to feel obligated to say what a good creator this person was, despite being work that causes harm / being a bigot / being a rapist/murderer…

I'd be very, very, very rich.

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Like, I mean, is it that difficult to say, because this person has caused harm, I refuse to look at their work? I refuse to even put it into consideration?

What would be the consequences? Well, you'd not look at their work. And yeah, you've narrowed the field a bit.

But the field is so. Fucking. Broad. There are so. Many. Other. People.

You'll have to look harder to find worthy work, but… is that such a problem?

There have been people who've refused, on principle, for a year, to not read books by men, or by white people, or by straight people. What happened to them?

Well, they worked really hard, but then they discovered that there was a BROADER universe of things beyond the usual works that were considered canons. I recall reading testimonies of these exercises and they were like, “Hey, I really broadened by horizons. There's so much good work out there that doesn't get recognition.”

Like, and that's like LITERALLY cutting off, say, the majority. I'm not even proposing that. Just cut out the assholes. What's the harm?

@tariqk I really don't understand people getting upset with Spencer and Secret Empire. The story is goddamn fantastic, but the need people have to say it's causing "harm" when right wind rhetoric was popping way before this story was even an idea. It's literally one of the most refreshing comics out right now, and a revamp for Captain America as a character in general.

@tariqk plus, that blogger/writer's #hottake to say that people will look to it in the future as a rallying cry for Neo-Nazis everywhere? .....like, come on, dude. that's such a wild ass stretch that I can't possibly take seriously

@treefolio what stretch? that was a literal picture used by neo-Nazis. it's a manip of the original image. it's a thing, it lives on online, forever. what more do you need?

@treefolio how is it that you're able to quantify what harm Spencer's done to the safety of non-white fans and balance it with whatever “freshness” he's added to Captain 🇺🇸's narrative?

What is it that you know that other non-white fans living under Trump, and seeing Nazi cap being used by white supremacists, don't?

@tariqk what harm has Spencer done? right wing rhetoric (in America) was happening around and before the election cycle, before that was happening in Sweden, ramping up in France currently, etc. it's a stretch because Cap is literally a blonde, blue-eyed white male and has likely been used in Neo-nazi art before. this isn't a new thing.

@tariqk mind you Cap has been turned before. again, not a new thing.

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