I rattled the Force: axed ‘Vader’ scribe
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.