From one of my favorite writers.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, BuzzFeed last week posted an in-depth story detailing sexual-harassment allegations against Eddie Berganza, a long-time DC editor, by multiple women in the industry. Here’s the link in case you still haven’t read it.
Stories about Berganza have been circulating for years, thanks mostly to Bleeding Cool, which is mentioned in the BuzzFeed piece.
Over the weekend, there was an avalanche of reaction on social media, as you might imagine, but one of the most eloquent, concise comments came from one of my favorite writers, Jeff Lemire, who posted this on Twitter last night:
I love DC Comics and their characters and love working with them. But Eddie Berganza should have been fired a long time ago. I believe and support all of the women who spoke out. But more of us should have supported them before this weekend.
— Jeff Lemire (@JeffLemire) November 13, 2017
He’s absolutely right, on every front. Regular readers here know just how much I love DC Comics and what its characters have meant to me since I was a young boy. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest stand for something powerful, yet simple: Do the right thing.
As of now, DC has suspended Berganza. But now they must follow through and do the right thing.
Berganza must go.
UPDATED: DC has fired Berganza. Click here.