George Perez provided this statement to Newsarama
about his decision to avoid 'Red States':
Just as a confirmation and clarification, since I have been flooded
with requests for such, yes, I have indeed decided that I will no longer
be accepting invitations to conventions and similar functions in states
that supported and allowed a scurrilous and openly bigoted, misogynist,
deceitful, homophobic, uninformed, philandering, sexist egomaniac to
become our commander and chief and disgrace us in the eyes of the world.
I have a lot of friends who will be adversely affected and run over by
this crazy driver now that he’s been allowed the keys to the car, and I
just had to take a stand somehow.
To me, it’s not a question of not respecting other people’s choice.
This isn’t policy he was talking about; it’s oppression, it’s hate and
fear, it’s tacit approval of violent action against those with whom one
doesn’t agree with. It’s the denial and threatened removal of basic
human rights and liberties. I am an Hispanic. I’m threatened. My wife is
a woman; she is threatened. I have friends, fans and many members of my
extended family, gay, straight, transgender, black, Hispanic, Muslim
and, yes, even many whites, who are now scared and poised for disaster.
Mine is really a meek protest, but it is all I could think of. My
actions won’t really cost anyone anything. No one will be hurt if I
don’t come to conventions. In fact, I am the one who will lose a
substantial source of income. I can live with that. My friends, my
family and many of my fans deserve that much and so much more, from me.
However, since I still take great pride in my professional reputation, I
will be honoring all convention commitments already announced. I have
sent letters to many of the organizers offering them the option of
canceling my appearances if they think I would be a detriment to their
show. I assured them that politics would never be discussed by me and my
focus would remain on giving every convention goer the best con
experience I can give them. So far, everyone has been incredibly
supportive and I will do my best to make sure I don’t let them down.
I already did a show in Jacksonville (I live in Florida— a red state,
regrettably) and it went very well, and I made a nice chunk of change
for a veterans’ charity. I trust that all will go as swimmingly for all
my further appearances.
For those who think less of me or downright despise me now, that is
your right. Don’t read my books; don’t ask for autographs; don’t even
acknowledge my existence if that is your pleasure. If you believe and
support the words and actions of a man with so little moral fiber or
human decency, that’s something a higher power will have to judge you
for. If Trump’s own words didn’t convince you what a loathsome person he
is, certainly nothing that I say or do will sway you. I just hope you
never become one of his targets or victims. I know too many who are.
This is for them.