cybercat wrote:I don't think she 'attacked' Furman, and I certainly find Furman's response to be entirely ridiculous, but I just want to say to BOTH of them: it's not cool to say negative things about a coworker's work. If you heard your coworker ragging on something you did, years ago, you'd probably be pretty pissed off, too, even if what he/she was saying was entirely accurate.
They're not "coworkers", per se. Furman hasn't worked on the IGW G1 comics since "Maximum Dinobots" back in 2008-2009. Ms. Scott has only just recently joined up with working on the main IDW G1 comics after having previously worked on Transformers: Prime and Rescue Bots at Hasbro Studios, and the Prime/FOC-related IDW comics. Furman's current work on Regeneration One is a separate project from this, so it's not like the two actually work together in this.
Also, how is criticizing the work of a "coworker" any different than critics and fans doing the same with works that they're officially unaffiliated with? Or, when students in a classroom criticize each other's papers in school? We live in a critical world. People aren't going to agree about every idea, so those ideas that seem the most controversial are going to be the subject of criticism by anyone who sees them, regardless of who they are.
cybercat wrote:The fan was stirring for trouble by asking the question to begin with, but there's a classier way to answer it than Scott did.
I don't see how when her response went out of its way to avoid targeting Furman himself and even noted how differently it would be received in a vacuum vs. reality. Thing is, though, it doesn't
exist in a vacuum.
And even back before he published Spotlight: Arcee, Furman knew that what he had written was going to spark controversy and publicly admitted it before it came out.
Whether he intended for it or not, Spotlight: Arcee does contain implications that are considered offensive towards women, and he needs to move on and just accept that it does.
cybercat wrote:And yes, her implication that her magical girl's origin would 'erase' all the problems with Arcee's is patently offensive. It's like saying 'oh this one girl got raped, but here's this other girl who didn't get raped and therefore, rape isn't a problem'.' It's appalling.
She didn't say that the origin of Windblade (and probably Chromia and Nautica) would "erase" or "fix" the issues with Arcee's origin. All she said was that the new origin would not "contradict
" with Arcee's. Arcee's origin and all its issues will remain as they are.