UPDATE: G Willow Wilson has posted an essay on this subject on her Tumblr.
In an ordinary election cycle, I'd say that when the CEO of an entertainment company supports a conservative candidate while also fostering diverse creative talent within his company, it is a sign of a healthy democracy. Being a Republican is not a crime. However, this is not an ordinary election cycle, and Trump is not an ordinary Republican. The irony that Ms Marvel was launched on Perlmutter's watch–while Donald Trump would like to prevent Muslims from even entering the United States–was not lost on the mainstream media, nor on me.
Rather fortuitously, I'm down in California on Marvel-related business at the moment, so I had the opportunity to talk all of this over in depth with a bunch of people who have been at the company a long time, and whose opinions I value. But after we talked, I found myself with more questions than answers. Can we separate a CEO from the company he runs, or the company from the creators, or the creators from the art? Should we?
The original piece follows below.
I don't think I've ever seen such a negative reaction to a million dollar donation from a businessman to a war veteran appeal before.
But then, this time the donation was from the controversial CEO of Marvel Comics, Isaac Perlmutter to the even more controversial Presidential nominee Donald Trump. The donation, part of last night's Republican debate spoiler from Trump, will go through Trump's personal non-profit foundation,
We covered the response of one Marvel editor, Jordan White, last night, but the discussion has been wide and vocal since.
Ms Marvel's writer G Willow Wilson, a Muslim author who writes the comic book stories of Marvel's leading Pakistani-American superheroine, tweeted her reaction – what she felt she was able to, at least.
I believe the current word to use at this stage is "developing". But there were many more voices. Many, many more. Here are just a few…