In the comments from my article last week, some still think it’s better to just let haters hate without responding, as responding gives them power.
That is sound advice for most of the world, just not the one I live in.
NOT responding to Ania when they called Milestone “house niggers” had NO upside for us.
Try not responding to being called “house niggers” when asked by a parent, in front of about 50 other parents, at a Q&A during an open house at the Children’s Art Carnival, in Harlem.
My answer was not, and could not be, “There’s room for everybody.”
For years people have been swearing that Tom Cruise is gay, and these people had no problem telling any newspaper that would print it or TV tabloid show that would show it…until this stupid motherfucker named (no joke, and NOT me) Michael Davis swore he had sucked Tom’s dick and had photos. Tom had had enough of that shit, and he sued that asswipe for a billion dollars or some crazy sum.
The asswipe’s response? “I don’t have a billion (or some crazy sum) dollars, so what can he do to me?” Well, guess how quick that dickhead retracted his claim when he found out Tom could get 70% (or some crazy sum) of his income FOREVER.
A couple of years ago, some guy was claiming all over Facebook that Denys did NOT start Milestone. He said “his sources” told him that Denys didn’t start it. Dwayne did, and hired Denys.
WHAT THE FUCK? His fucking sources? Did his sources also tell him that the Beatles were Paul McCartney’s first backup group? This guy then debated ME on Milestone’s origin until I said this: “I’ll BET YOU TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS Milestone was Denys Cowan’s idea.” He SHUT the fuck up.
Earlier this year, a former Milestone writer was telling everyone that Robert Washington, and Robert Washington ALONE, created Static AND wrote the Static bible.
Robert was a brilliant writer, and I’m STILL in awe of his use of dialogue, and his stories were just fucking GREAT.
That said — until Robert was handed the Static bible by the writer OF the Static bible (ME), the only static he created was cling. I took the former Milestone writer to task the same way I took the “source” guy to task — I said CLEARLY, without any clever nuances like ‘Robert was influential in…’ or some other acknowledgment of his talent, that Robert Washington did not create Static.
Why not give Robert some due on some level for the creation of Static? Because people take clever nuances like that as just a way to “prove their point,” by reading into it what they will for the sake of their claim.
Case in point, the guy with the inside knowledge of Milestone that was telling everyone that Denys did not create Milestone got that bright idea when I announced at the Black Panel that “Denys Cowan started Milestone. Period.”
You would think that Michael Davis, who was there the MOMENT Milestone was created, would know a thing or two about said moment, and all those in the hall would leave the Black Panel with the truth.
Visualize Bill Clinton saying “Hillary will be announcing her candidacy for the presidency in New Hampshire within the week.” You figure Bill would know what the fuck he was talking about, right? Now imagine someone who writes a blog for Penny Saver, who has as much insight and access to the Clintons as my dog has developing transcendental meditation curriculums for Mensa, saying his “sources” tell him Hillary isn’t running.
The reason I don’t do nuances is because of stupid shit like the following: when I announced loud and clear that Denys Cowan created Milestone. PERIOD. Denys, who was on the panel, didn’t say anything, and because Denys was silent, the sources guy took that as Michael Davis, partner, co-founder of Milestone Media and Denys Cowan’s BEST-FUCKING-FRIEND, had to be lying. So off he went to check with his sources.
Denys doesn’t say anything when I announce Milestone was his idea, and THAT’S the reason what I said about Denys was suspect? That causes some guy who has NO WAY of knowing if shit is brown without tasting it (yep, I’m calling him REALLY stupid) to use silence as his motivation to spread blanket fabrications of a FACT?
“Denys Cowan created Milestone. Period.”
What the fuck does Denys say to that?
“Marv Wolfman created Blade,” said Stan Lee, while introducing Marv at the Blade panel at Comic Con.
“Hell yeah, motherfuckers, I did!” said Marv Wolfman to the crowd, while throwing up gang signs.
No. No. NONONONONO….NO.
I will not let distortion, half-truths, deception, or simple BULLSHIT stand.
If Michael Davis can be at a high-level meeting at Nelvana Animation, and during introductions he mentions he co-created Static Shock and someone says “No you didn’t, that was McDuffie,” that’s FUCKED up. Not just because it’s not true, but also because now Michael Davis has to address a possible LIE in the first place.
Anytime someone calls into question your word, resume, or professional pedigree, it’s never good. Because until THEY clear that shit up on THEIR end, every word you say from that point on is suspect.
Fuck the high road – I’m taking the road my mother told me to take when Ronnie Williams was beating me up and taking my shit damn near every day in the fourth grade. My teacher said, “Don’t stoop to his level.” I told my mother what my teacher said and she told me this: “The next time that boy hits you, stoop to his level, pick something up and defend yourself with it, then raise back to your level.”
Oh — all you “time out” and “no fighting” parents out there who are thinking along these lines: ‘That was horrible advice to give a child’ or “What kind of parent tells one child hit another child? What does his mother know about those delicate childhood matters?”
Horrible advice? What does she know? My mother’s a psychiatrist. I’ve got a school building named after me.
What, besides your kid (the one who keeps getting bullied, told not to fight back, and will end up shooting up his school) is named after you? And what does your mother know about any fucking thing unless Dr. Phil tells her?
The next day, Ronnie hit me, took my Fantastic Four comic, and went back to his desk. Crying like I just lost a Kirby comic, (hysterically) I picked up my chair (metal behind, wood seat), and almost broke his neck, I hit him so hard. TODAY, any 4th grader that did that would be arrested.
Back in the day I was brought to the Principal’s office, and my mother was called. She asked the principal what was I to do when no one would stop this boy from hitting me? He had nothing. I got home early, and we all know just how good THAT feels when you’re in grade school, and I fucked Ronnie up but good.
THAT was a good day.
Ronnie was out for about a week — when he came back he never, EVER fucked with me again.