Comicsgate continues to rage after IDW comic book writer Aubrey Sitterson lost his job because he turned G.I. Joe into a leftist fantasy, full of gay identity politics. Sitterson reimagined the beloved male character Salvo as an overweight lesbian. Here’s what Salvo looked like before Sitterson monkeyed with him.
Here’s what Salvo looked like after Sitterson gave him the full SJW treatment:
Sitterson claims he made Salvo a fat woman because the original was too “alt-right” for his sensibilities.
“Also, being entirely honest, as great as the design is, in 2017, a big, heavily muscled white guy with a shaved head, massive guns and a t-shirt that reads THE RIGHT OF MIGHT gives off a vibe that reads way too alt-right for me,” Sitterson virtue signaled on Twitter. Swapping out a fit soldier for an obese POC (person of color) was exactly the salve for Sitterson’s angst about the perceived “alt-right” influence on a classic comic (drawn before alt-right was a thing). However, Sitterson was about the only one happy with this change. Comics fans everywhere boycotted G.I. Joe and let IDW Comics know that they would not be buying any more until Sitterson was fired.
Diversity & Comics founder Richard Meyer led one such protest on his YouTube channel, where he reviews comics and decries the SJW overtake of the industry. PJ Media reached out to Meyer to get his reaction to the firing of Sitterson.
“My hope was to get Sitterson fired and for IDW to stop peddling SJW politics,” explained Meyer. “I’m happy with how he was removed.”
The G.I.Joe community has many member who are currently or have served in our nation’s – and other nation’s – Armed Forces. The tragedy of September 11th is still filled with passion and pain. Aubrey is fully entitled to his comments, but in this day of social media, that freedom of speech also has the responsibility of consequence. And alienating yourself from your core audience, along with actively antagonizing them, will bring out calls for a new author. I don’t think it can be stressed enough that Aubrey went out of his way to antagonize the community. This is an issue of people caring about the G.I. Joe brand, and they see Aubrey as harmful to the brand, and that he isn’t really concerned with helping or growing the G.I. Joe brand, as he is about growing his Twitter interactions. I have heard and read endless commentary from within the G.I.Joe community, and the vast majority do not feel that Aubrey is the right type of personality for the G.I. Joe brand, or any Hasbro brand, because at the end of the day, these are still children’s products.
There is an ongoing war in the comics industry for creative control over beloved characters important to American culture. If the left is allowed to take over yet another American institution, it can only mean more perversion of American traditions. But for now, the battle for the heart of G.I. Joe has been won by the good guys. Good riddance, Sitterson!