I rat­tled the Force: axed ‘Vader’ scribe

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY THOMAS TRACY

To quote the Dark Lord of the Sith: They found his lack of faith dis­turb­ing.

A writer for Marvel’s “Darth Vader” comic claims that the com­pany fired him over a se­ries of vul­gar tweets he blasted out in the wake of the vote to make Brett Ka­vanaugh a U.S. Supreme Court jus­tice.

Chuck Wendig says that a Marvel ed­i­tor fired him from the “Shadow of Vader” se­ries “be­cause of the neg­a­tiv­ity and vul­gar­ity that my tweets bring.”

“It was too much pol­i­tics, too much vul­gar­ity, too much neg­a­tiv­ity on my part,” Wendig tweeted Fri­day. “Ba­si­cally, be­cause I was not civil.”

Wendig also said he had been re­peat­edly ha­rassed on­line by a “sub­set of fan­dom” af­ter he in­serted LGBT char­ac­ters into his “Star Wars: Af­ter­math” se­ries.

“(It was) ha­rass­ment that has gone on for years, ha­rass­ment that has re­quired me to con­tact lo­cal po­lice and warn them of SWATing at­tempts, ha­rass­ment across all cor­ners of the In­ter­net,” he wrote. “Some of it was bot stuff, ob­vi­ously, or sock pup­pets, but some of it was pretty creepy, and very per­sonal. I didn’t call a lot of it out or even high­light, but it was there, a sort of . . . con­stant back­ground noise.”

Af­ter Ka­vanaugh’s con­fir­ma­tion, Wendig called out Repub­li­can se­na­tors such as Mitch McCon­nell on so­cial me­dia, claim­ing that McCon­nell could “eat a boot cov­ered in s--t. Win­ter is com­ing you cal­lous f--necks, you pro­lapsed a—holes. You venge­ful petty hor­rors.”

Wendig likened his ter­mi­na­tion to that of “Guardians of the Gal­axy” di­rec­tor James Gunn, whom Dis­ney fired in July af­ter jokes in­volv­ing rape and pe­dophilia he wrote years ear­lier on Twit­ter resur­faced.

Gunn is cur­rently tapped to di­rect the se­quel of DC Comics’ “Sui­cide Squad” movie star­ring Mar­got Rob­bie and Jared Leto.

“It does set a trou­bling prece­dent . . . of folks fired be­cause they riled up the wasp’s nest of as­ter­isk-gate,” Wendig wrote. “And it seems odd to be mad that I’m mad at pol­i­tics when — well look around. Vote in Novem­ber like your life de­pended on it, be­cause it just might.”

At­tempts to reach Marvel Comics for com­ment were not suc­cess­ful Satur­day.

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