Antos tweeted out a picture of her and her friends, six female Marvel employees, drinking milkshakes. The caption reads, “It’s the Marvel milkshake crew! #FabulousFlo.” The hashtag refers to the recent death of the legendary female Marvel publisher, Flo Steinberg, who was presumably an idol to all of the women pictured in Antos’ photo.
Pretty much every cyber insult thrown her way was inherently sexist. From comments about their appearances to calling them “fake geek girls” (keep in mind that these are women who actually work for Marvel Comics), it seems that some people will take any opportunity to vilify women in the workplace – no matter how ridiculous the circumstance.
One user tweeted, “Can we just get off of feminism and social justice and actually print stories. God DC looks better and better.” Someone should probably tell this person that honoring a woman, who contributed her life to the Marvel Franchise, takes nothing away from printing quality stories.
Another lovely gentlemen joined the conversation saying, “Better have her sign a consent form, she looks like the ‘false rape charge’ type.” I’m not even going to try with this one.
After waking up to a slew of disgusting messages and comments like these, Antos tweeted the next day, “How dare I post a picture of my friends on the internet without expecting to be bullied, insulted, harassed, and targeted.”
Her more level-headed fans then came to her defense and decided to tweet out their own pictures of themselves with milkshakes, including the hashtag #MakeMineMilkshake. Most of the captions from these supportive photos celebrate women in comics, and women in general, for persevering – despite those standing in the way of progress.
The comic industry’s number of female employees is growing, but it is still male-dominated. As the trend continues toward an equilibrium, this sexist backlash seems to continue with it.
Last April, Marvel was a part of another scandal, when VP of Sales David Gabriel said that the growing number of diverse characters in the comics was responsible for the company’s recent decline in sales.
The presence of women in the workplace only improves production value. It should go without saying that women drinking milkshakes, honoring friends, and wanting equality takes nothing away from men. Hopefully, this incident can shed some light on why some are so quick to attack and shame women for just existing.
— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) July 28, 2017
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