We examine why complaints about forced diversity in comics mischaracterizes the evolving comics industry in the 21st century.
“There are several topics that can completely ruin a comment section. Whenever someone brings up possible sexism, racism, or any type of perceived bigotry in a popular medium there is going to be a visceral reaction. Popular culture and nerd culture in particular are expanding as the internet makes the world smaller. Globalism means that you have to adapt to changing norms, but there seem to be people who rail against any change of the status quo. The American comicindustry, which a mere 20 years ago was nearly dead, has experienced a resurgence in recent years, and now companies that have been around since the 1930s have to adapt.
Whenever a creator makes a decision to change a character in some way, whether it is Jason Aaron passing the title of Thor to Jane Foster, or Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli creating Miles Morales, there are those who claim it is companies forcing diversity on creators under the guise of “political correctness.” I’m not going to say that this sort of thing hasn’t happened in the past but in the modern age, I feel like it is a false fear that people have created.
Comics may be art, but like all forms of entertainment, they’re still a business that must keep an eye on sales and demand from core consumers. There are always going to be people who fall outside that demographic—for example, women have been reading comics for as long as comics have existed—but mainstream superhero titles have spent much of their existence not catering to them…”