It's a day ending in "Y," which means Marvel Comics has done something wrong and refuses to take blame for it again. This time, it's a cameo appearance by the racially diverse cast of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton being whitewashed in the pages of Silver Surfer by Dan Slott and Mike Allred. Comicosity Senior Editor Matt Santori-Griffith pointed out the issue on Twitter:
Here's the full page in question:
As we all know, Dan Slott's work cannot be criticized on Twitter without Dan Slott showing up to defend himself even when he's not directly mentioned, and no senior staff members at Marvel can ever admit to being wrong, so, naturally, Slott immediately embarked on a Twitter campaign to absolve himself and Marvel of all blame in the incident. The scapegoat this time: mysterious Marvel lawyers who, while allowing all sorts of cameos in other books, for some reason took big issue with a single panel referencing the popular show.
Normally, we might post Slott's tweets and our own rebuttals about out how dumb, tone-deaf, and, to borrow from one of the tweets below, "weasel-y" they are, but honestly, he does a fine job of showing what a thin-skinned, arrogant douche he is all on his own. So we thought it might be fun to just collect his tweets and let you watch him flail around desperately trying to deflect criticism that could more easily and appropriately be answered with a single "yeah, that was stupid, I'll try to learn from this."
(Referencing the Twitter profile description of @SusannahErwin:)
(Right after he retweeted her so that his 93.2k followers could attack her, of course.)
(Notice he doesn't answer the question though... sorry, we said we wouldn't butt in. We'll be quiet.)
It's still going on now, so you can go and watch the Dan Slott non-apology tour live if you want to (but if you draw it in a comic later, be sure to change his skin color so your lawyers don't get too worried). Slott, who cultivates a progressive self-image and views himself as above reproach, will go to any lengths to avoid blame here, so you might see just about anything if you follow his Twitter feed today.
Well... anything but an admission that Marvel made a mistake, that is.