Skip to main content

James Wan’s Tweet on Aquaman Lovers And Haters Reminds Us That Creators Are People

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry in Aquaman

If a film is remotely popular, it will attract diehard devotees and determined detractors. Fights will ensue about whether the film is good or not, and whether you’re a terrible person for liking it or disliking it; just look at the discussion still going around about The Last Jedi. Aquaman, part of the permanently ruffled DCEU, has inspired its fair share of these factions, and Director James Wan has taken to Twitter to address both sides of the debate, which is getting a bit heated.

Recommended Videos

Wan’s tweet is a kind reminder that, yeah, the people on the other end of your snarky tweets, either in defense of or attacking a film, are real people. I’m not talking about people espousing toxic, racist views, either; I’m talking about someone you might disagree with on a character or scene. Sometimes, what we do impacts them if we’re being a jerk on the Internet. This especially goes for @-ing creators with your opinions on how much they suck.

Twitter has been discussing what constitutes the appropriate time to @ someone with a negative opinion, and the consensus is trending towards “let’s try not to.” Several figures have tweeted about this recently, especially following Wan’s comments and a recent incident in which Zoe Kazan replied to a person who @-ed her in a tweet that said she was “frustrating to watch” in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Kazan, in reply to the tweet, which has since been deleted, said, “Solid example of when not to tag an artist in your tweet about their work. … Like I am not a restaurant, this is not yelp, I don’t need to know that you found the meal overly salty.” After the tweeter in question apologized, she tweeted, “ok i think we all got that etiquette lesson, erasing the tweet. to recap: let’s try not to say things to each other online that wouldn’t be rude/antisocial to say to someone’s face? seems…basic.”

Other examples of tweets in the same vein are listed below.

Obviously, call out crappy behavior, but there’s a difference between @-ing someone because of a harmful viewpoint and @-ing them to tell them you hate their art and think it sucks. Be kinder in 2018, because we’re all human in the end, and it’s toxic to see a wellspring of negativity in your mentions.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: DC)

Want more stories like this? Become a subscriber and support the site!

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]


Kate Gardner
Kate (they/them) says sorry a lot for someone who is not sorry about the amount of strongly held opinions they have. Raised on a steady diet of The West Wing and classic film, they are now a cosplayer who will fight you over issues of inclusion in media while also writing coffee shop AU fanfic for their favorite rare pairs.

Filed Under:

Follow The Mary Sue: