It seems that even the most powerful of studio executives are not safe from a Twitter harassment mob. Earlier today, Diane Nelson, the former president of DC Entertainment, deleted her Twitter account. This came following a series of attacks on her social media account following her support of the upcoming Joker film. Some, however, saw it as a slight against Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director, Zack Snyder and were not happy about it.
The former DC President took a leave of absence from the company earlier this year, citing family matters. She was expected to return but then announced that she was leaving the company earlier this summer. Since then, she had remained silent on all DC properties until yesterday. She openly praised the look of the new Joker, stating that it is what DC should have been doing since Christopher Nolan’s run on the property.
Some, however, took this as a slight against director Zack Snyder and his work on the franchise. However, she insisted that she held Zack Snyder in the same regard as Nolan. This, sadly, did not stop the mob of overly zealous Zack Snyder fans from attacking her and her perceived slight against the director. After a time she blocked everyone who was not following her on her Twitter account from seeing her Tweets. Since then she has deleted her Twitter account.
This is regrettably one of those situations that has become all to common on social media. Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran, for example, had to delete her Instagram account due to constant harassment from Star Wars fans. Directors like James Gunn have been fired over a series of misunderstood, (albeit in poor taste), jokes from nearly a decade ago. This latest situation with the former DC President, however, is easily one of the most disgusting.
People who make these attacks on people on social media need to understand that they are not helping matters. Harassing Diane Nelson over a perceived slight against Zack Snyder does nothing to help him. It will not help DC films and it won’t stop other creators from making films their way. Obviously this does not apply to all of our readers or even the majority of them. But if you think about harassing a creator or a former DC president for a short comment that you have more then likely taken out of context, please think about the impact that may have on that person’s life. Think about the impact that may have on the person’s mental health and whether or not you would enjoy that level of harassment and stress.