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A Marvel Editor Is Being Cyber-Bullied Because She … Drank a Milkshake?

A Marvel Editor Is Being Cyber-Bullied Because She … Drank a Milkshake?

Superhero comics have enjoyed a nice decade or so in the sun given the success of Marvel’s films (and DC’s, sort of) but for all their box-office success and relative quality, the community remains a bit toxic for women, as a stupidly innocuous, incredibly innocent tweet over the weekend showcased.

Heather Antos is an editor for Marvel Comics, where she writes titles like The Unbelievable Gwenpool. She took a Friday selfie of her grabbing a milkshake with some Marvel co-workers. You might think such a tweet would be completely lacking in controversy, let alone give anyone an excuse to absolutely fly off the handle but, hoo boy, there were a lot of men who did not like this picture.

And those are just a few of the ones that didn’t contain crass language or explicit threats, and Antos claimed she got harassment via private messages too. (“SJW” is an acronym for “social justice warrior” which, although it sounds awesome, is a term the alt-right tends to use derisively.)

So that’s a bit of a bummer but, fortunately, the internet also turned up in a big way to shut down the haters. From Antos’ co-worker and Daredevil writer Charles Soule….

…to, of course, the female fans…

…and even a few male comic book fans who weren’t about to sit around quietly and let the trolls dominate the Twittersphere.

So, all told, there are more people rushing to Antos’ defense than trying to attack her. But it’s a shame that still, in these times, a woman can’t take a picture of herself drinking a milkshake without a few people using it as an excuse to say she doesn’t deserve her job. Hopefully, with movies like Wonder Woman this year and Marvel’s upcoming Captain Marvel film, the community will continue to improve for superhero comic fans and creators.

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