It looks like another storytelling talent is getting fired thanks to things he said on social media. As you may know, Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn was sacked as a result of controversial tweets made several years back, and now it looks like Star Wars: Aftermath author Chuck Wendig has also been let go thanks to some of his personal views being shared on Twitter.
As a bit of a backstory (which Wendig also shared on Twitter), following the release of his novel Star Wars: Aftermath, which introduced LGBTQ characters, he received a lot of hate. He got harassed a lot, and things only got worse when discourse about Star Wars: The Last Jedi came out. He definitely became a controversial figure in the community for his outspoken personality online, and now it looks like it’s culminated in his firing from Star Wars Shadow of Vader issues 4 and 5.
Here is just a taste of what Wendig said:
“Today I got the call. I’m fired. Because of the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring. Seriously, that’s what Mark, the editor said. It was too much politics, too much vulgarity, too much negativity on my part. Which, of course, is their decision to make. I’m not their boss. My understanding over this call was that this was a Marvel decision, not an LFL decision, but I can’t really confirm that. The editor said he had made the call. He seemed genuinely upset at my tweets and profanity, so maybe that’s accurate. And again, that’s his right to do so. If they honestly feel that my presence will damage the book, I don’t want that. I want the book to shine, and artists like Juanan Ramirez and Greg Smallwood to do their amazing thing. Artists like that are gods in my mind, so I’m happy to not distract from their literal magic. But it does set a troubling precedent. One we’ve seen already – James Gunn, Jessica White, and so on – of folks fired because they riled up the wasp’s nest of asterisk-gate.”
It seems worth clarifying that it only looks, for now, like he just got canned from the comic, not from the Star Wars books as a whole. However, if Marvel felt like his online presence hurt the overall brand, who knows if Lucasfilm will follow suit. All in all, it’s just a sad situation.
I recommend checking out his full series of tweets below for the whole story from his perspective.
So, here’s a thing that has happened – I just got fired from Marvel. Taken off issues 4 and 5 of SHADOW OF VADER, and taken off an as-yet-unannounced SW book.
This might be a long thread, so apologies in advance.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018
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SOURCE: Chuck Wendig