DC Comics earned themselves a lot of negative publicity last year when they attempted to fire Gail Simone from Batgirl via email message, quickly reinstating her after feeling the wrath of the internet. But don't believe for a second that DC learned any lesson whatsoever from that. In response to a question of whether or not Batgirl would be a part of DC's Batman super-mega-crossover event, Zero Year, Simone posted on her Tumblr:
Yes, but I was told on Friday that I’m not writing it.
Simone is arguably DC's highest profile female writer, writing one of their highest profile female characters. She has a large and vocal fanbase that has proven itself willing to stick up for her in cases of perceived mistreatment. She is pretty much synonymous with Batgirl. So this decision makes perfect sense, provided your definition of "perfect sense" is "absolutely no sense at all."
Sigh. It's customary in these situations for The Outhouse to make up some fake quotes by DC executives that highlights what buffoons they all appear to be, so let's have at it, shall we?
"Who cares about who's writing it?" said Dan Didio, Sr. Vice President of Cheap Gimmicks. "All that matters is that we're embossing the cover!"
"My momma always told me, life is like a box of chocolates," said DC Editor in Chief Bob Harras, a lovable idiot. "You never know what you're gonna get."
"I mean, who knows, at any given moment, whether we're going to treat our creators with respect and dignity, or whether we're going to let them know at the last minute that they won't be writing issues of their own book for apparently no reason?" he continued. "How would I know that?"
"At any given moment, my staff and I are capable of making an extremely stupid decision," added Didio. "You just never know what we're going to do."
"We just can't help ourselves," explained Harras, who then stuck his fingers in an electrical socket for no apparent reason.
"Hrrgghhllllghgghhhhh!" he gasped as electrical current coursed through his body.
"That's the third time he's done that this week," Didio told us while picking paint chips off the wall of his office and eating them. "Hasn't learned a thing."
"Uuuurrrrggghhhhh," mumbled a dazed and smoking Harras, who seemed remarkably more cognizant than normal.
Presumably, Simone is still writing the title after the crossover issue, but, you know, who the hell knows what DC is going to do next. The Outhouse will keep you updated when the inevitable internet backlash occurs and DC is forced to reverse their decision.