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Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 02:58:13 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Marc Guggenheim uses homophobia to defend "One More Day"
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 11:50:01 pm EDT

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Marc Guggenheim's response to fans who are still upset over "One More Day:"

"Part of the problem with the controversy behind One More Day is the understanding of what was retconned overstates the extent of what was done. Everything that happened in the last twenty plus years of comic book history happened! The only difference is that Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson weren't married. They still dated. They still lived together. They still love each other. They just weren't married. Judging from the letters and death threats we received, I think some people were confused. It all still happened. Here's my attitude, if anyone is upset about the marriage going away, then they must all be pro gay marriage. Because if you're pro gay marriage, you understand the distinction between a marriage and a civil union -- that a civil union is not equal to a marriage. We downgraded Mary Jane and Peter to a civil union. If that bothers you, then you're pro gay marriage."

Dear Marc Guggeinheim,

I'm against "One More Day." And, even though I'm a heterosexual man, I also support the right of homosexuals to marry.

You, on the other hand, are an inexcusable idiot.

Please shut your hole.

Thank you.

An exchange between Marc Guggenheim clarifying things to one of his critics and the response:

MARC GUGGENHEIM: Jeez, how long did it take you to come up with a way to turn my pro-gay marriage comment into an example of homophobia. Wow. Cynical much? Angry much?

Marc Guggenheim

seriousfic: Sorry, you misspoke. You said "how long did it take [me] to come up with a way to turn [your] pro-gay marriage comment into an example of homophobia", when you clearly meant to say "how long did it take everyone to come up with a way to turn [your] pro-gay marriage comment into an example of homophobia."

As for cynical and angry... yes. But then, I would say the one-two punch of OMD and BND have given me ample reason to be both. After all, you are stating by the act of marketing these comics to me (a young comic reader in my early twenties) that I would enjoy them and relate to the character of Spider-Man. A character who you have turned into a schmuck, someone who fears commitment, abhors responsibility, still lives with his mother at the ripe old age of 28, and is of course willing to deal with the Devil. Moreover, now you imply that your target audience also must be against gay marriage. Hmm... who is it that tries to hang onto their youth at all costs, fears meaningful relationships with women, but at the same time unconvincingly berates homosexuality? Congratulations, you've turned Spider-Man, the original comic book audience identification figure, into a frat boy. And here I was remembering the days when Flash Thompson was Spidey's nemesis, not his target audience.

And as for you... well, how silly of me to expect a professional writer, someone paid to convey ideas with an eloquence above that of the common man, to be able to express himself with the directness that God gives the common hungering animal. I probably should've used my psychic powers to divine your gay-friendly intent, rather than taken you at your extremely homophobic word. Or perhaps your subtext was "don't buy what I write," in which case message received, loud and clear.


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