Editorial: Enough with the Spider-Racism Crap

RacismEverywhereSorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled Spider-Carnival but I wanted to take a moment and say a word or two or a couple hundred about the colossal fustercluck unfolding on Twitter tonight. Much of which is being fueled by Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott.

This isn’t commentary about whether or not Peter Parker should be/could be/needs to be/doesn’t need to be played by a black actor. No, it’s about the insane, blood-thirsty reaction to anyone who doesn’t instantly agree with the idea.

If you prefer Peter Parker be played by a white guy because that’s how he’s been portrayed since the character’s inception then hey – that’s your call and your right as a Spidey fan. No one can tell you that you’re wrong. They’ll try, but don’t let them. And that goes vice versa as well. At the end of the day it’s anyone’s opinion.

But to anyone foaming at the mouth out there, yelling anyone and everyone down over all this in the name of political correctness or ‘teh lulz’ or whatever, I’m gonna say the following once and use fancy italics to drive it home:

Spider-Fans who disagree with the idea that Peter Parker needs to be played by a non-white guy are not racist. It’s an opinion based on decades and decades of stories and thousands of comic books. They’re not the Devil, they’re not Nazis, they’re not racists and they’re not monsters who need to be run out of town with torches. They are fans with an opinion, just like you.

Let’s all take a deep freaking breath and remember that. Marvel already dealt Spider-Fandom a body blow with One More Day. Don’t let them keep dividing us even further with this. That guy or gal you’ve been calling racist until you’re blue in the face on social media because they’d prefer a white guy playing Spidey? Hey, they probably love Shang Chi or T’Challa as well. Or does that make him or her a racist, too? Ridiculous! Stop the madness, Spider-Fans.

Everyone stay frosty out there and for the love of all things Holy please stop tearing into one another over this crap. All it’s doing is feeding trolls and trust me, tonight they are pigging the Hell out.

Take care of yourselves, and each other. Heh!

–George Berryman!

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