Author Neil Gaiman hit back at a Twitter user on Tuesday who said an audio adaptation of The sand man would succeed if he “remained unawakened”. Gaiman countered that his creation had been “woke” since he first introduced the character over 30 years ago.
The interaction happened after Gaiman announced the third part of Audible’s adaptation of The sand man, which features the voices of stars such as James McAvoy, Kat Dennings and Jeffrey Wright. Gaiman, who debuted The sand man comic book for DC Comics in 1988 and that year helped create Netflix’s live-action sand man series, tweeted that Audible’s latest episode is “too good.”
Even so, a person who uses the name SM 1776 wrote on Twitter, “Don’t wake up and Sandman will be fine.”
Gaiman replied, “Too late. Sandman was already awake in 1988. But good news! We did okay anyway!”
Pleasemynews contacted Gaiman for comment and was told by a rep that the author had nothing further to add on this topic as he had already addressed the “woke” issue.
The sand manThe Netflix adaptation sparked some controversy online when it was announced that the series cast multiple people of color, as well as a non-binary actor, for central roles.
Gaiman responded to bigoted comments that were posted on social media by Tweeter end of May that he doesn’t care about “zero f**ks on people who don’t understand” The sand man and the choices made on the cast.
More recently, Gaiman spoke with Times Radio about being called “woke.” In a clip the outlet uploaded last week, the Coraline The author likened the concept of being awake to political correctness.
“When people accuse me of being, in quotes, awake for sand man stuff that I wrote 35 years ago… it’s like, ‘Well, yeah,'” Gaiman said. “I remember when instead of calling him awake, they called him politically correct. And then you talk about political correctness gone mad.”
He continued, “And I remember once reading a book where they started talking about political correctness and how you couldn’t make jokes about the ethnicity or the religion of people of the same way. And I thought, Well, actually, that’s just… that’s not political correctness. It’s just treating other people with respect.”
Gaiman also made headlines last month when asked about Elon Musk’s valuation of Amazon. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The musk had tweeted that JRR Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings, “turning in its grave” due to adaptation. He added, “So far almost all the male characters are cowards, assholes, or both. Only Galadriel is brave, smart, and kind.”
Asked about Musk’s take on the show, Gaiman replied, “Elon Musk doesn’t come to me for advice on how not to buy Twitter, and I don’t go to him for reviews of movies, television or literature.”