Jae Lee has taken to Instagram to respond to a firestorm of responses after Tom King tweeted on Friday about his “deep disappointment” around a variant cover Lee drew for the Rorschach comic book. After DC Comics revealed the variant cover in the morning, King took to Twitter a few hours later to voice his concern as he Tweeted Jae Lee has, “…also done covers for comicsgate, a hate group.” Later, King cleared the air by saying he spoke to Lee and confirmed Lee didn’t even know Comicsgate existed.
In the Instagram post, Lee said he was attempting to put his recently deceased dog Loki to rest when messages came flooding in “out of strangers’ mouths, accusing me of things I have no knowledge of.” Lee writes, “I’m seeing first hand how fast lies are spreading. Let me be clear, I’m not part of ANY group.” Further, Lee writes, “I’m writing this because I’m angry. These irresponsible tweets are not harmless. They do not just go away. They have real world consequences. They can take away your job. Your life.”
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Two weeks ago, June and I took Loki to San Diego to see a specialist. He did not survive due to complications from the surgery. This past Friday was supposed to be a day of mourning. We were back in San Diego to pick up his ashes. We were going to take him to the beach and comfort each other by sharing our favorite stories about our little boy. Instead, a part of the internet I avoid like the plague came barging in. I had companies I'm working for calling me, friends reaching out to me. I'm seeing hate pouring out of strangers' mouths, accusing me of things I have no knowledge of. I'm seeing first hand how fast lies are spreading. Let me be clear, I'm not part of ANY group. We never made it to the beach. We spent the entire six hour drive back home on an emotional roller coaster. I'm writing this because I'm angry. These irresponsible tweets are not harmless. They do not just go away. They have real world consequences. They can take away your job. Your life. Your memories. June and I were robbed of a special day. So, no, we're not "all good." This isn't the start of a conversation. This is the end. So please, don't drag me into a world I never wanted to be a part of, nor will I ever want to be a part of. I want to honor Loki by going back to producing art made with love. For people who enjoy it for what it is. Something that hopefully brings joy into their lives. Mommy and Daddy miss you so very much, Loki, our love.