Artist Bill Sienkiewicz known for his work on Marvel Comics’ Moon Knight, New Mutants, and Elektra: Assassin recently revealed that his 2018 Anti-Comicsgate rant was removed from Facebook for violating the company’s “Community Standards on harassment and bullying.”
Sienkiewicz posted the rant to Facebook back in August 2018.
It began, “To Comicsgaters – but also: to general friends and colleagues in arms . Profuse profanity to follow. Be advised.”
Sienkiewicz then wrote, “To begin. I’m convinced Comics chose ME as a practitioner, emissary, evangelist, what-have-you–rather than the other way around. Perhaps that’s why I tend to view most other creators through a similar lens. Whatever the actual reason people create comics, tell stories, live in this world, it’s still a wonderful calling. Creators are family; every voice is unique and necessary.”
He continued, “That said, Comics sure as hell didn’t choose the so-called Comicsgate contingent to promote hateful, misogynistic and plain-old-ugly dogma. No, these ‘Gaters- you guys- you brought that ugliness all by yourselves.”
“To be honest, I just don’t get your deal. Are you so insecure, so afraid, so fearful of the prospect of bearing the ‘incel’ moniker, or by sharing creative space with someone with more estrogen than you- that you’re all somehow threatened to your very manhood or your livelihood? How super-heroic of you,” he wrote.
He then asserted, “I’d ask you to explain it to me, but frankly what I’ve heard from your quarter already bores me; as well as just plain pisses me off. I f***ing despite bullies. Cowards.”
“What you’re each promoting individually is not some divine creative dispensation; it’s just you being an asshole. Collectively, you’re a gaggle, a clan, (-potentially with a k unsubtle as that may be)- a veritable bag’s worth of douches. Whatever the name you give for your assembly, you’re not the Avengers. You’re still just a bunch of assholes,” the artist asserted.
The rant continued, “Comics isn’t a boys club. It’s not ‘NO (insert ethnic group, gender, religion, sexual preference here) ALLOWED.’ It’s a club , a meeting place a forum for creators. Of all stripes. Like a real life Legion of Super Heroes, or a Justice League. Only with pen and ink paper and Cintiqs and laptops and…
“Stop being the creepy racist misogynist uncles showing up at reunions and pissing in the punchbowl to disprove your beta standing. Stop being the weird cousins the entire world points to as the definition of every ‘comic book nerd’ stereotype. Or do it far away from us,” he wrote.
“Stop being whiny misunderstood victims b****ing bout favoritism, intolerance, and sexism. You’re slinging inky-black aspersions, obliviously crying racism in your Wite-Out™. You’re damned right some corrections need to be made; starting with the guys in the mirror first,” Sienkiewicz stated.
“So stop being awful ambassadors for the worst of our natures. Stop being brownshirts. Stop being goddamned ugly dicks. And to re-jigger an ugly phrase you sling at women, I’m instead going to channel it here in the spirit of my Aussie friends: Stop being such insufferable clueless c***s,” he proclaimed.
Sienkiewicz concluded the rant, “The medium didn’t call on you to be the best version of assholes you could be. Neither did we. Knock it off. Either step up. Or step off. We, Comics, and The Audience- will be absolutley fine without you. And you won’t be missed one damned bit. Visualizza traduzione.”
Sienkiewicz recently revealed that the anti-Comicsgate rant was removed by Facebook. He posted, “Apparently my 2018 open letter to the Comicsgate crowd has received renewed attention…. It also now violates FB’s community standards against profanity and bullying. I REALLY think they missed the point.”
The artist then proceeded to share a screenshot of Facebook informing him, “Your post goes against our Community Standards on harassment and bullying. No one else can see your post. We have these standards because we want everyone on Facebook to feel respected and welcome.”
Prominent member of Comicsgate and the creator of Cyberfrog Ethan Van Sciver reacted to Facebook’s removal of Sienkiewicz’s rant on Twitter.
Van Sciver wrote, “One of the saddest aspects of becoming #ComicsGate and having my eyes opened to the nature of Cancel Culture, and what had happened to my beloved comics industry, was discovering how desperate and low IQ so many of my peers were. How could such gifted people be this ugly inside?”
He continued, “One in particular, a man who had created so many wondrously strange images, Bill Sienkiewicz, had become so deranged with lowbrow leftist politics that he seemed to be seething with bovine, stupid hatred for transitory political figures, or Fox News hosts. He seemed possessed.”
“In 2018, at the height of the tension surrounding the ComicsGate movement, he and other comic pros were all busy trying to impress each other with deranged and vulgar screeds about this small group of customers and pros who opposed the omnipresent leftwing activism in comics,” the Cyberfrog creator tweeted.
He went on, “That year, Bill Sienkiewicz excreted a lengthy diatribe of vulgar, ugly, dishonest and vile garbage for Facebook, to be shared by other imbeciles in order to ensure that anyone interested in ComicsGate would be viciously excluded from whatever social circles they could gatekeep.
Van Sciver then wrote, “With the bizarre recent uptick in SJW social media interest in ComicsGate probably owing to Substack contracts, mass exodus from the mainstream of the most popular creators, the Superman is Gay scoop, and our continued success, Bill’s ugly cope rant began circulating again.”
He tweeted, “Until Facebook removed it from their platform, for “Profanity and Bullying” yesterday. ComicsGate has survived some of the most obnoxious abuse at the hands of these people, the endless gaslighting, the lies, the rumors, defamation and cruelty in the name of…what, exactly?”
“Diversity and Inclusion?” What an absolutely repugnant lie! SJWs want uniformity, control and to exclude and destroy anyone who opposes them. They become inhuman in all of these efforts, as Facebook clearly and impartially decided yesterday,” the former Green Lantern artist proclaimed.
He then relayed, “I’ve learned to pity them. The most beautiful art used to come from people who are now too stupid to feed themselves, who exist to be exploited by large corporations, and to be misdirected and dehumanized by the propaganda they help create. ComicsGate will win. Of course.”
Van Sciver concluded, “In the meantime, enjoy this small victory. Facebook read the belligerent, stupid offal created by a lost, sad man flailing with rage at his former customers and fans… …and they decided Bill Sienkiewicz, and his allies, were the bullies. #ComicsGate“
What do you make of Facebook’s decision to remove Sienkiewicz’s anti-ComicsGate rant? What do you make of Van Sciver’s response?