Update: I don’t know what’s more disturbing to me.
- That I was expected to make a statement,
- That I made a statement before he did, or
- That this gossipy bullshit post blew up more than any insightful or useful essay I’ve ever posted.
To quote Spider Jerusalem (yeah, I’m gonna): “I hate it here.”
In the past I have quoted Warren Ellis and expressed that I am a fan of his work. For that reason I’ve been asked to comment on the current situation. I am not on Twitter where all of this has apparently been unfolding. I am not willing to go back onto Twitter to find out. So I honestly have no fucking clue what’s going on. I am busy up in my own hermitage, working on getting a book released, dealing with my own problems. Not to be dismissive of serious issues, but drama avoidance has kind of been the point.
The gist, from what I can determine, is that there is a long and well-established pattern of him mentoring young female creators (all over 18, from what I am able to ascertain, so this is a power thing rather than a paedo one) and then taking advantage of them sexually and emotionally. Apparently he has had several women on the hook at a time. He then tends to drop them like a hot rock, leaving them to feel they’ve done something wrong.
I believe the women.
Aside from that, I don’t know Ellis, I’ve never met Ellis, I have no connection to Ellis. As stated at the top, I have enjoyed his works for many years, I have subscribed to his newsletter, and I find his ideas about creativity and the creative process to be intriguing. A great many of his ideas have informed my own. None of those ideas, mind you, have anything to do with abusing or exploiting women.
I now return to my regularly scheduled attempt to ignore this fucking world, already in progress…