- Posted by Johanna on December 19, 2008 at 8:49 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
You thought feelings got hurt in the comics business… a fired classical music critic sues the newspaper that removed him and the orchestra that complained about his negative reviews. Donald Rosenberg frequently criticized the orchestra, especially the music director. Orchestra officials then banished him and started pressuring his editors for more favorable coverage.
The defense? Free speech. “The Cleveland Orchestra responded with a forceful defense of its right to criticize the critics, saying it was expressing opinions”. But when it comes to trying to get someone fired or otherwise end their livelihood, does that cross a moral, if not legal, line? The critic’s suit charges “defamation… tortious interference with his job … age discrimination and violating Ohio’s free speech principle.”
Speaking of morality… a leader of a comic industry non-profit group is obviously feeling attacked because of her stance against the CBLDF. (Unfortunately, she has since locked her blog, so none of these links are available.) The particular images in this free speech case make her feel “kinda sick”. (Note also that this took place in Australia, so the American CBLDF isn’t even involved.)
She “feels oppressed” because people are trying to explain to her that free speech doesn’t mean only supporting the speech you agree with. So she drags out the sarcasm cannon, charging her critics with hypocrisy because they complain about sexist images. One might conclude she doesn’t understand the difference between wanting to make something illegal and wanting to cause others to think about the effects of their work…. or it’s not convenient for her to pay attention to that distinction. From her later comment in the same post:
while me and other people want to build a bridge on issues like homosexuality, religious tolerance, diversity, etc — you people come along with this illustrated child porn thing, like a sledgehammer. It’s such an insane, sensational, indefensible, bullshit thing — and it drowns everything else out. …
I know what I am saying may sound like an anathema to you, but you and everybody who agrees with you can choose to ignore what I say and press on. I really don’t care.
Those are lots of posts from someone who doesn’t care. But then, she recently faked a feud, so I don’t want to assume I know what her real motive or belief is. Maybe this is another stunt to draw attention to the issue using some kind of reverse psychology.
Taking her comments at face value, as someone who was part of Friends of Lulu during Dave Sim’s original attacks on the group, back in the early 90s, this makes me sad. Sim felt that FOL didn’t support free speech, and now their president is making his then-erroneous assumptions come true.
Let’s move to something even more unbelievable, and sexism we can all agree on: a comic store clerk refused to sell a woman a comic because it’s too violent, although he was fine with letting her purchase it when he thought she was buying it for a boyfriend. I’ve heard of idiot clerks trying to steer women to comics based on stereotypes, but to refuse a sale to an adult? That flabbergasts me.