Palmiotti Apologizes for Harley Quinn Controversy
Last week was a doozy for DC Comics, setting the internet aflame. First it was the sudden departure of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, original creative team behind DC’s New 52 Batwoman, because of the company’s refusal to marry any of their characters, and then there was a contest to illustrate Harley Quinn’s apparent attempt at suicide. The latter has garnered such an uproar considering the ad was posted so soon before Suicide Awareness Month, which is today. This seemed to be the last straw from comic book readers and fans.
This morning, DC Comics writer Jimmy Palmiotti, posted a note on Facebook apologizing for the Harley Quinn controversy, stating that the scene described was made unclear and thus had no context to their true intent:
That the tryout Harley Quinn page went out without an overall description of tone and dialogue is all my fault. I should have put it clearly in the description that it was supposed to be a dream sequence with Amanda and I talking to Harley and giving her a hard time. I should have also mentioned we were thinking a Mad magazine/Looney Tunes approach was what we were looking for. We thought it was obvious with the whale and chicken suit, and so on, but learned it was not. I am sorry for those who took offense, our intentions were always to make this a fun and silly book that broke the 4th wall, and head into issue 1 with a ongoing story/adventure that is a lot like the past Powergirl series we did. I hope all the people thinking the worst of us can now understand that insulting or making fun of any kind was never our intention. I also hope that they can all stop blaming DC Comics for this since It was my screw up. The idea for the page to find new talent is an amazing one and we hope that can be the positive that comes forward from today on…that we get some new talent working in our field because of this unique opportunity.
So what do you think, readers? Now that the scene is in context, do you still want to see this all played out in an upcoming issue? Does it lessen the blow on Harley’s supposed attempted suicide? Or do you still feel that it’s still wildly inappropriate for the character to take such morbid measures?
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