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    Shaula Evans
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    Gail Simon
    When the idea of an Incredible Hulk reboot came up at a recent John August/ Craig Mazin Scriptntoes podcast, their guest screenwriter David S. Goyer (who is writing the first film that Wonder Woman will appear in) called She Hulk “a green porn star that only Hulk could fuck” and Mazin chimed in with: “The whole point of She-Hulk was just to appeal sexistly to ten-year-old boys. Worked on me.” The Mary Sue provides a good summary of what happened.

    When they didn’t understand why their audience was offended, several writers stepped up to connect the dots:

    Comic book writer Gail Simone, whose notable works include Wonder Woman, Red Sonja, and Batgirl, responded on Twitter. I’ve archived her remarks here because she has some GREAT and on-point advice to writers in all media about the need to “keep the hell up” with our audiences and the changing world around us.

    Grow up. Respect your material. Respect your audience. Don’t play to the lowest common denominator. Don’t BE the lowest common denominator. Don’t project your own inadequacies on the men in your audience, either. Keep the hell up.

    Does this need saying? Apparently it does.

    Thanks to Gail Simone for saying it so well.

    Related discussions: Well, at a certain level, the entire Black Board is a related discussion. We believe that women are people not objects, that male audiences aren’t neanderthals, and that both source material and audiences deserve respect. Just as Gail Simone points out that your private views will infuse your public statements, I hope our values underpin and inform all of our discussions here, if only in the subtext. But if you want just one related link on this topic, a good place to start is Martin Buber for Screenwriters.

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    Lydia Mulvey
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    Gail Simone is one of my most favorite of people that I follow on Twitter. She’s a glorious mix of childlike wonder and grown-up sense.

    “It’s getting better,” is not a cure-all mantra, by the way. Don’t make it an excuse to not contribute.

    This one in particular resonates. I hear “It’s getting better” all the time. But it’s really not. People are talking about it getting better like that’s all they need to do for it to get better. But change happens from the bottom all the way to the top. People need to act rather than talk.

    Grow up. Respect your material. Respect your audience. Don’t play to the lowest common denominator. Don’t BE the lowest common denominator. Don’t project your own inadequacies on the men in your audience, either. Keep the hell up.

    This is a great reminder to us all to always remember the audience in the work we do. Respect your audience. Remember that ultimately, they’re your target. Don’t make them angry.

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