[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE DISCUSSION]
This here is rape apology and rape culture at it’s finest, or worst rather. Marvel Editor Steve Wacker demonstrates a textbook example of HOW NOT to respond to being called out to problematic elements in your work:
And let’s also discuss how this ties back into white privilege.
I read through Wacker’s responses regarding SuperiorSpideyRapefest and the entire time I’m just sitting here thinking. White privilege, it’s a hell of a drug.
By virtue of the fact that Wacker is a white guy, he gets automatically defended. By virtue of the fact that he’s a white guy, even his critics will move heaven and earth, contort and do some Matrix-style back bending to give him credit and the benefit of the doubt. He can be snarky and flippant about the issue of rape because he’s a white guy.
Because trust, let a POC, specifically a black guy, show his ass in half the manner Wacker has done regarding the issue of rape. Let a black dude even toy or be dismissive of a white female character potentially being raped and I guarantee you Comic Book Fandom would be lining up to have said brotha lynched.
White privilege, it’s a hell of a drug.