Doing More Than The Bare Minimum

So, it’s finally come to pass that DC Comics have fired Eddie Berganza, the serial sexual harasser that has worked at DC Comics for over a decade.

No, he hasn’t been moved from one position to another, nor was he kept out of the public light, but he has been fired.

F-I-R-E-D.

And frankly, it’s about time.

Bridget Alverson of Smash Pages recently released an article talking about the history of Berganza and what he had done, as well as the concerns of women who worked under him and alongside him, and the sheer lack of any concrete effort by DC Comics to do anything more than protect themselves from a future, potential lawsuit.

It’s a good read, and one I recommend as it helps to collect the stories of various women who worked at DC Comics and their accounts.

The termination of Berganza’s employment at DC Comics, after allegations from three women, comes at an important time as the fallout from allegations brought against Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey continue to grow. As comics continue to work hard to improve sales and public relations, keeping on a known sexual harasser who kissed women against their will and promised them writing gigs if they only returned sexual favours is not a good look.

In our capitalist society, we’re all trying to buy according to our conscious, a hard thing to do considering the treatment of people who make our products, such as the laptop I’m writing this on.

So it was ultimately in DC’s best interest to fire Berganza, the guy who once pleaded with women to stay on the failing Supergirl comic series.

“Women. Who needs them? Well, actually, I do.”

Those words carry a considerable undertaste of bile and poison now, not that they weren’t any good back then.

See, it wasn’t just Eddie Berganza who made working at DC Comics a bad place to be for women who wanted to follow their passions as a writer or artist, but the higher ups in charge, the ones who listened to the women give their concerns, their accounts, and promptly did nothing.

I’ve heard some names brandied about as to who helped to cover them up, and if DC’s statement of a desire to make a harassment free environment is to be taken seriously, then those who knew and did nothing and continue to work at DC Comics should tender their resignation immediately.

Because the kind of environment DC Comics made, where sexual harassers are protected and shielded is not unique to them, and it’s one in which women face at many other different companies.

Harvey Weinstein has been the biggest name recently to come out about the kind of toxic environment he indulged in and which the companies he founded and then worked for, Miramax and The Weinstein Company,  indulged him. Like Eddie Berganza, nothing concrete was ever done about him and his harassment of actresses for sexual favours was the worst kept secret in Hollywood.

Actresses such as Lupita Nyong’o, Brit Marlon and others have come forward to tell their stories of how he attempted to exploit them, usully with threats to their career.

People.com has since collected a list of people with allegations against Harvey, and it’s sad and frustrating to read about how many women this man lorded his power over.

Another example of a man in a position of power and exerting it over women in exchange for sexual favours came across my twitter feed today from associate editor at Gamespot, Kellie Plagge, as part of the #metoo hashtag making its rounds on social media.

Sadly, there are common themes through these stories, and plenty of others, such as the disbelief that so and so would ever do such a thing, gaslighting women, threatening their careers, and blaming them for the actions of the men by either dressing or looking provacatively.

And quite frankly, it has to stop.

The people that permit an environment which allows a sexual harasser, a predator, to flourish and thrive also need to be held accountable for their actions. It takes more than the firing of the predator himself, but those who either brushed off the concerns of the women who were preyed upon, or took steps to protect the company on a whole from lawsuits and public relation damage.

Yes, it is good that Eddie Berganza was fired, and with any due luck the man will never be hired by another comics company and put in a position of authority over women, but his actions were tolerated by those at the top for years.

Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. It’s a quote from Elie Wieseal in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo Norway, in 1986, and it’s as true now as it was then.

Because as much as DC Comics might be doing the right thing in some regards, they did absolutely nothing, and those who turned a blind eye should be fired. It’s especially tiresome and frustrating as Brett Ratner has been signed on to be a producer for the next Wonder Woman movie.

Brett Ratner, much like Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, and others, abused his position of power over women and even outed Ellen Page on the set of the third X-Men movie, as she discussed in a powerful post on her Facebook page.

For DC Comics and Warner Bros to have this man on board still while firing Eddie Berganza reeks of hypocrisy and a real lack of care for the women on that set. It’s my hope that Gal Godot’s threat of not coming back for the second Wonder Woman movie unless Brett Ratner is removed will get the higher ups at Warner Bros to remove him, instead of rewarding him.

And that those who believed it would be a great idea to have a man who gladly included the pedophile rapist Roman Polanski in his movie, followed by a rape joke, Rush Hour 3, are subsequently terminated as well.

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Beer & A Toy – Episode 1

Hey everyone, it’s a toy review! But this time with beer!

Delicious, delicious beer…

And as always, please check out TeknoAxe, a talented musician who makes their music for free to use on the Internet.

This was the track I used for this episode. Very cool!

Brain Food At The Movies – Episode 16

Hey everyone, it’s my review of Suicide Squad!

It’s a movie from DC Comics and Warner Bros that is so bad it balances out what good it does.

However, the fact that it had jokes shows that DC IS learning, and that Zack Snyder might not have the pull he used to have, which is a good thing considering he’s still involved in Wonder Woman and Justice League.

I’d also recommend reading Maddy Meyers review of the movie over the Mary Sue for some points I missed in mine. It’s good stuff!

And if you thought I was harsh on Jared Leto? Well, read some of these articles about what a piece of garbage he is:

He’s been accused of sexual assault by several women.

He sent ‘gifts’ to his castmates including rats, dead pigs, and used condoms.

And heck, every other full cast photo I’ve seen has excluded him. Considering his antics on set, and how much of his acting was cut from the film, well, he’s the weakest, most pathetic and least charismastic version of the Joker ever made…

 

Comic News & Views – Episode 2

Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of Comic News & Views, wherein I discuss the recently pulled Joker Variant Cover for Batgirl #41.

I’ve also included a number of links discussing what happened below, which I highly recommend you check out.

First off, we have Janelle Asselin’s article on Comic Alliance, The Vocal Minority and Artistic Integrity.

Then we have Comic Book Resources reporting on the matter, with quotes by both Rafael Abuquerque and DC Comics as to why they pulled the cover.

And finally, we have Bleeding Cool with an article by Rich Johnston, talking about Adam Baldwin trying to be relevant with his Save The Cover hashtag on twitter.

Comic News & Views – Episode 1

Hello everyone and welcome to a new show I hope to keep going for a good while, where I talk and discuss comic book news.

In today’s episode, I look at some new series from Marvel, including Silk and Thor, discuss the revealing of bisexuality of Selina Kyle in Catwoman, as well as some movie news about a possible ‘black’ Spider-Man and Jason Mamoa as Aquaman.

For further information, I’ve included a number of links discussing the comics I talked about today.

Silk’s character, at Marvel Wiki.

An interview with Robbie Thompson, the writer of Silk.

Selena Kyle confirmed as bisexual.

The new Thor kicks the Absorbing Man’s Butt.

Jason Mamoa discusses his feelings on being Aquaman.

One further note I wish to add with regards to the new Thor’s costume… I do wish that they hadn’t gone with the boob-conforming armour. Overall, I love the costume, but you don’t need that in it. Yes, Thor is invulnerable, but still…