Throughout my tenure here at Crawlspace, I am keenly aware that there have been times where I have popped off and said things that I really didn’t think through or mean. I was stuck today when going through my Twitter Timeline (@spideydude for personal, @SDudePodcasts for Spidey-Dude.com: Home of the Spideydude Radio Network) and saw Mr. Slott discussing something that literally made me sigh. And for Mr. Slott, this is a rare time where I will agree with you: Death threats, over characters that are fictional or of any kind, are never, ever okay.
Let’s go back, for a moment, and examine the context of this. Dan Slott ‘killed’ off Peter Parker, replaced him with his greatest second-greatest enemy, Otto Octavious, and had him masquerade the title as the ‘Superior’ Spider-Man (quotes mine, not in actual title). Though many were upset by the events of Amazing Spider-Man 700, Otto still had the Ghost of Peter-Parker’s-Past floating as a literal ‘Floating head of Guilt’ (TM, Amazing Spider-Man Classics Podcast) in the mindscape of the shared consciousness of Peter/Not-Otto. From a logical standpoint, it made sense for Otto to capture his essence of his consciousness in a different body, given that he had done it during the Clone Saga with help by Carolyn Trainer, the second Doctor Octopus in the form of the Master Programmer. Tom DeFalco used this as a way to bring him back, with help from the Hand, in Amazing Spider-Man 428 after he was killed by a broken freaking neck during the Clone Saga thanks to the favorite flawed Clone known as Kaine in Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol I) 221. Despite the precedence, despite having former regular member of the Podcast and former front page reviewer CrazyChris literally put all the pieces together months before the reveal, Amazing Spider-Man 698 was unleashed upon the unsuspecting masses, first via illegally scanned pages, then to the general public, and people lost their ever. Loving. Minds.
While passions are important to a fandom, it is important to not lose sight of said passion and venture into the realm of illegality and utterly immoral sense and threaten the life of a person for simply writing a story. While it seems that endless articles on this subject may have been written, its important that we use our standing here at the Crawlspace to make it known: We will not tolerate such behaviors here. It’s in our rules for being a member here, and we’ll outright ban people who commit such acts. Passion is what brings us together, it is a powerful resource to tap into, but it is no excuse for letting that responsibility to yourself and others be destroyed by sending such a threat to a man or woman who, at the end of the day, is trying to eat, live and be happy and merry in his or her life. Since we are talking about Slott in particular, he deserves the respect that is owed to him as a human being. He deserves the respect you give to your neighbor, your friends, your family. Even if you don’t like what he is writing, he has earned his spot in the eyes of Disney/Marvel to write the character that we all love. That respect is no different than whoever is writing Capitan America, Batman, Superman, Scooby Doo (although Scrappy is fair game… jk), Transformers, Power Rangers or Gargoyles.
To my knowledge, there have never been death threats made on Crawlspace, by Crawlspace posters. I’d love to think of it as never happening with any of our members, but I cannot, not will I police what they do elsewhere. Someone’s livejournal , Facebook, Twitter page is territory that I, nor the staff here can go venture out and inspect everything they do just because someone becomes a member here. If of course, it’s brought to our attention, then we have have justifiable reasons to procede moving forward, but otherwise we have to have the faith and trust in our membership to do the right thing, while they are in the House-That-Brad-Douglas-Built.
The internet is a powerful, wonderful, majestic place where people from all over the world can gather and discuss the wonders of whatever strikes their fancy. But it is also a dangerous place where anyone can do what they so please, disguised as whomever they please, to anyone they disagree with. “With Great Power there must also come Great Responsibility” while such as simple phrase, it is something that we should heed in this Internet age. Think about what you post, say and do. Can it be articulated better? Or is it better to hit the delete button?
Dan, I know we don’t always agree. But in this, I can attest that we, the staff here at Crawlspace, agree with you on this subject.