People who use #ComicsGate has seen rapid growth over the past year, and with that growth there has been some major pushback especially from the likes of Tim Doyle. In his latest attempt to label people who use the hashtag, he uses a broad brush to call everyone who uses the hashtag “white supremacists.” This is an escalation of Doyle’s rhetoric as he had previously only targeted specific people like Diversity & Comics and Ethan Van Sciver, but he’s now going after anyone who uses the label.
Doyle writes, “Comicsgate is absolutely a white supremacist hate movement, championed by Ethan and Richard Meyer, among others. There may be many people in it who do not know this, but they really should look into it. It’s a ‘customer revolt’ started by people upset at ‘diversity.'”
Tim Doyle isn’t the first person to label a wide swath of fans white supremacists. Chuck Wendig decided that was a smart thing to do when he went after Star Wars fans.
What EXACTLY is wrong with Tim Doyle? pic.twitter.com/qYPZMWcnjo
— Diversity & Comics (@DiversityAndCmx) July 8, 2018
However, fans had a clear message to Tim Doyle and showed just how very wrong his opinion of people who use #ComicsGate is.
My wife is an immigrant from Philippines, we are Catholic, and we love Uncle @EthanVanSciver. We are proud to support Cyber Frog and Iron Sights. Tim can throw around whatever slurs he wants, our support is unwavering.
— GardnVrietyIluminati (@GnVrIluminati) July 9, 2018
Non-white here, I haven’t seen this crap Doyle speaks of. I just see people tired of shitty comics.
— The Fox Strikes (@TheAutoK) July 9, 2018
Black guy right here.
— Ryan Auguste (@lankyphenomanol) July 8, 2018
There are more than just a few of us who aren’t white that support accountability in the industry while also searching for quality content. As we’ve previously seen Doyle has tried to drive people out of the comic book industry by maligning them with nasty and sickening labels that are far from the truth.
@Nakatomitim He knows full well there are minority’s in this group but just like bleedingcool we don’t exist in there eyes. At least until we buy the narrative they have been preaching
— Dcnation black monitor (@Dcnationmonitor) July 9, 2018
I was here when CG started, before EVS was a part of any of this There were no racists, or AltRight anything. Nobody here is against diversity.
— DCN Henry Heights????? (@deadresidents1) July 8, 2018
An excellent set of points. Doyle’s assumption is just plain wrong. The people who use #ComicsGate are anything but “white supremacists” as we can see with the above examples. As a Puerto Rican, I find it both humorous and disappointing that we’re seeing a resurgence of the practice of broad brushing entire groups of people especially when there is no evidence to even support the claim.
People who use #Comicsgate from my experience are not part of a “white supremacist hate movement” as Doyle describes. It’s about fans pushing back against people attacking them for not sharing group-think. But it’s also about fans wanting quality work. They want great art and great storytelling not propaganda dressed up in a comic book. They also don’t want to be endlessly hit over the head with politics. Not only are the people diverse, but their ideas are diverse too.
Another thing I’ve noticed since paying attention to Comicsgate is how fans who are part of the movement are willing to debate, while people like Doyle much rather re-enforce their bubbles by demonizing people they don’t agree with. They don’t touch any points brought up unless it includes a personal attack, such as looking up someone’s child support statements. That’s not how you debate.
But this isn’t only my conversation, it’s about all of us. I want to know from you all. What do you think of Tim Doyle’s labeling of thousands of people?