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October 8 2019

Negative Portrayal of Gang Cited as Reason for De-Platforming Comic Book

by Carrie Sheffield

Bias against conservatives in the tech world and #CancelCulture are coming for your comic books. As I reported for Accuracy In Media, “A comic book illustrator reported that the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter de-platformed him after the tech giant reportedly claiming that the violent, criminal gang MS-13 belongs to ‘marginalized groups.’ 

Kickstarter’s denial of comic book creator Mike S. Miller’s crowdfunding campaign for his latest comic book, which portrays a Captain America-type hero defeating MS-13 gang members while saving an innocent woman, who happens to be African-American, from assault by the gang.

Kickstarter reportedly wrote a letter to Miller saying ‘We’ve carefully reviewed it against our Rules, and we’re unable to approve it to launch. As a Public Benefit Corporation committed to fighting inequality and creating a more equitable world, Kickstarter does not allow discrimination, subjugation, or intolerance towards marginalized groups.’”

Kickstarter reports it has successfully funded more than 171,000 projects with $4.08 billion in funding. The irony of Kickstarter’s move, of course, is that MS-13 has been described by the U.S. Justice Department as a murderously violent gang. Authorities say MS-13 has revived "medieval-style" tactics in its bloodthirsty crimes. For Kickstarter to put MS-13 in the category of “marginalized groups” is a slap in the face to MS-13 victims and their families, not to mention anyone with a respect for public safety. And since Kickstarter seems to be interested in playing identity politics, note that Miller is of Native-Hawaiian descent and the woman his comic book hero saves is African-American. Even though he’s a racial minority, Miller’s inexcusable error is refusing to embrace an Orwellian worldview that says evil is good. And Miller’s also a supporter of President Trump, no doubt making him even more deplorable in Kickstarter’s eyes.

This problem with Kickstarter is the latest example of anti-conservative bias within the technology industry. Yes, tech companies are private enterprises and have the right to develop their own user policies; however, consumers also have the right to express their anger at the repeated bias manifest against conservative worldviews. 

This new Kickstarter case shows it's not just the bigger players like Facebook, Twitter or Google--although we know those giants are persistently biased. That’s no surprise, given political donations from tech industry workers consistently, overwhelmingly, flow to Democrats far more than Republicans. The Lincoln Network, a Silicon Valley non-profit supporting freedom in the tech industry, conducted a study that found conservative and libertarian tech employees report feeling marginalized at work. The tech industry has enormous leverage in bringing cultural and political reconciliation to our country. It's time they start seeing the world more objectively than through such a left-tilting lens.

 

 





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