The death of Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and more, has hit the comic book world like a tidal wave. Fans, pros, and everyone in between shared stories of how his work brought joy to their lives.
However, former G.I. JOE writer, Aubrey Sitterson, went out of his way to exploit Ditko’s death and attack his personal philosophy just days after his death. Sitterson deleted the Tweet, but not before Diversity & Comics captured it and exposed Sitterson’s hate.
Sitterson would write:
Lotta good things to remember Ditko for, but seeing a lot of folks who should know better doing weird mental acrobatics in order to lionize his obsession with Objectivism, a singularly nasty philosophy.”
And here’s Aubrey Sitterson to throw shade on the politics of Steve Ditko, a legend in the Comic Book Industry who just died.
This is SJWs in a nutshell. EVERYTHING is to be politicized. pic.twitter.com/LOyEjsN4vc
— Diversity & Comics (@DiversityAndCmx) July 7, 2018
Objectivism is a philosophy based on merit founded by writer Ayn Rand. It was best described by Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged:
“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”
This isn’t unfamiliar territory for Sitterson. He was rightfully and heavily criticized for a disgusting 9/11 Tweet, where he attacked people who didn’t live in New York City for honoring and remembering the people who perished in the horrific terrorist attacks.
Many people weren’t pleased with Aubrey’s demonization of Ditko just days after his death.
Aubrey, your order is ready. pic.twitter.com/1rtuqJDHP5
— Bleeding Fool (@BleedingFool) July 7, 2018
I love Ayn Rand, lol. I really like her writing and place Atlas Shrugged as the best book I’ve read. If anything I find Mr. Ditko (rip) more interesting and would like to learn about him. Unhinged people like Aubrey of course see Objectivism as nasty.
— Zack ‘Ogre’ Slone (@GrimKult) July 7, 2018
But can he really throw shade when standing in the shadow of this great man?
— Just Some Guy (@justsomeguycc) July 7, 2018
I’m sure it’s not the only way he would’ve hated people remembering him…
Maybe let the body get cold before firing off and deleting the edgiest of tweets. pic.twitter.com/heTssBxMhR
— Steve Edwards (@Steve_Ecto14) July 7, 2018
JESUS CHRIST AUBREY. Someone who influenced many people just died. Shut up for like 4 days and then you can be weird.
— T R A J A N A E S T H E T I C (@TrajanChannel) July 7, 2018
“I know this guy that everyone loves just died but HE BELIEVED IN SOMETHING I DON’T PAY ATTENTION TO ME!”
— Tina’s Patriotic Boobs (@Frost95Doc) July 7, 2018
This is why comics are a dying. Sad to say it, but it’s a sinking ship. Creator-owned projects are all that’s left to us now.
— Smackin Kraken (@SmackinKraken) July 7, 2018
After Sitterson deleted his Tweet attacking Ditko, he replaced it with a much milder commentary on Rand’s writing that had nothing to do with Ditko.
After reading Atlas Shrugged, which I loved, I moved right into Che Guevara’s Guerrilla Warfare, which I also loved. And that’s everything you need to know about the insufferable walking nightmare that was teenage Aubrey.
— THE GREAT HEART PUNCHER (@aubreysitterson) July 7, 2018
Are you glad Sitterson deleted his Tweet? What do you make of his seemingly repetitive behavior of attacking people who are trying to honor and respect the deceased for their accomplishments?