Sometimes being too outspoken is not a good thing. Especially on social media. To people who buy your product. That is apart of a huge brand. Like Star Wars.
Novelist and writer Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath, Under the Empyrean Sky) announced today in a Twitter threadthat he had been fired by Marvel Comics midway through work on his Shadow of Vader series and before its first issue could be released. Wendig attributed the move to online reaction to his personal social media presence.
Wendig posted this via his Twitter:
Wendig caught the ire of old-school Star Wars fans for including LGBTQ+ characters in his recent novels set before The Force Awakens. He frequently was very outspoken against his naysayers via a series of tweets:
Wendig’s first work in the Star Wars universe was 2015’s Star Wars: Aftermath, which was among the first stories in the new Star Wars Expanded Universe to be published in the lead up to The Force Awakens. Aftermath also featured a gay character as its lead, which, Wendig says in his thread, was the beginning of a wave of review bombing of the book and online harassment directed at him.
Wendig has since written two more Star Wars novels, the Marvel Comics adaptation of The Force Awakens and Hyperion, a comic in the main Marvel continuity. But that harassment never really went away, according to Wendig, and found renewed energy when The Last Jedi hit theaters.
Shadow of Vader, a five-issue Marvel Comics miniseries, was just announced on Oct. 5, during the Lucasfilm Publishing panel at New York Comic Con 2018. Seven days later, Wendig says, he was fired because of his social media presence, particularly on Twitter.
Wendig has been outspoken against online harassment in general and against his own harassers specifically, writing in a 2015 blog post “If you’re upset because I put gay characters and a gay protagonist in [Star Wars: Aftermath], I got nothing for you… You’re not the Rebel Alliance. You’re not the good guys. You’re the fucking Empire, man.”
Just goes to show you, no matter who you are, you must take responsibility for what you say on social media. Whether you are right or wrong.