Actor Kevin Sorbo is a popular guest at comic book conventions because he played Hercules on television. However, Cliff Galbraith, the founder of East Coast Comicon, didn’t want to invite the actor this year because of his conservative politics.
On Facebook, Galbraith wrote, “I turned down Kevin Sorbo for East Coast Comicon. He’s pals with Sean Hannity. I just can’t do it.”
Sorbo isn’t the least bit bothered by it. He told PJ Media, “Ah, the lovely Lefties who scream for tolerance and freedom of speech. Too bad it is all a one-way street for them. They need their little safe spaces because I am too scary to them. I would love to debate these socialists who hate people who work hard for a living and want Big Government to baby them through their pathetic lives."
When speaking to Todd Starnes on his radio show, the actor added, “I’ve never even heard of the East Coast Comicon. They don’t have any A-Listers attending. I think they are looking for free publicity.”
In 2017, Sorbo played a role in the faith-based film Let There Be Light, a film executive produced by Hannity. It hit number four among faith-based films top grossers. According to Fox News, the film came in second in box office receipts during Thor: Ragnorak’s opening weekend.
Hannity weighed in on the controversy, telling Starnes, “I’ll pity the poor insecure guy who cannot escape his comic book world, and handle a little real world truth and reality and an opposing viewpoint. Take that, Batman."
That “poor insecure” mom’s basement dweller is vehemently anti-conservative. For his convention last year, the promotional poster featured the Statue of Liberty wrapped in a snake-like dragon inscribed with words like “intolerance,” “xenophobia,” “racism,” and “misogyny.” Yeah, sounds like a fun time.
As the comic book world increasingly heads down the path of social justice/identity politics story lines and characters, expect more anti-conservative hate. Sorbo’s ban won’t be the last. Jon Del Arroz, a conservative Hispanic author of military science fiction, was also recently banned at the Worldcon sci-fi convention. The organization believed his politics would create a “hostile,” “racist,” and “bullying” atmosphere.
For fans of tough guys and gals in comic books, there sure are some weak and easily frightened individuals.