Divided States Of Hysteria Comic Cover Censored Following SJW Complaints
Divided States of Hysteria
(Last Updated On: July 4, 2017)

Image Comics censored the cover of issue number four of Divided States of Hysteria. The cover has been replaced with the one from Divided States of Hysteria #6 to compensate for the change. The company also issued a public apology about the cover.

The ire from Social Justice Warriors took shape on Twitter, where various outspoken individuals who adhere to enacting social justice — such as working to “smash the patriarchy” — rallied their followers to attack Image Comics and denounce the cover for issue #4 of Divided States of Hysteria.

The cover art was created by Howard Chaykin, and it depicts a colored Pakistani man with a racial slur on his name tag. He’s lynched outside of a store hanging over a sign that reads “Free Happy Ending With Any Homestyle Meal”. His genitals have been sliced off and his pants pulled down around his ankles.

Following the controversy from Social Justice Warriors over the weekend, Bleeding Cool spotted an apology from Image Comics and Howard Chaykin on July 1st, 2017 posted over on the official Image Comics website. The company and Chaykin issued an apology for upsetting SJWs on social media, writing…

“Image Comics and Howard Chaykin would like to apologize over the distress caused by the cover to THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #4.

 

“It’s neither Howard’s nor Image’s intention to inflict pain on anyone already dealing with intolerance or hostility on a personal level. We ALL agree that any form of bigotry is wrong, and this comic exists due to anger and frustration over rapidly escalating injustice in a world filled with people too quick to judge others on the basis of their race, religion, or gender association.

 

“The purpose of this series is to sound alarms. THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA is a comic book about the terrifying future we are heading for if our country remains on its current path.”

Image is set apart from the mainstream juggernauts of Marvel and DC. They had an opportunity to court the fringe comic book reader with something off the cuff, but the cover of the mutilated man caused hysteria within the social justice community after catching wind of the cover.

The cover image for Divided States of Hysteria #4 now features the image from Divided States of Hysteria #6 – a mundane flock of attack drones led by an American Eagle.

Howard Chaykin also drew the cover image for issue #6.

According to Image Comics they wanted to be provocative but also keep in mind the sensitivity of their readership, writing…

“While Image as a company is committed to free speech and artistic expression, we also recognize our responsibility to be sensitive to all members of our readership. We listen to all feedback—from our creators, from our retailer partners, from our readers—but Image Comics recognizes that we could have responded to readers’ concerns about the graphic nature of this cover more quickly and with more empathy and understanding. We apologize for not doing so sooner.”

Those looking to pick up the new comic will now find that the Divided States of Hysteria #4 will have a new and more tame cover to suit the sensibilities of the online social justice crowd.


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  • rergerger

    SJWs are truly ignorant people.
    This person is actively making propaganda to further their political agenda, and they work themselves up into an emotional frenzy because they can’t understand the context of it.
    I’m starting to believe SJWs have some sort of mental dissorder that makes it impossible for them to understand basic stuff like social cues and irony, they take everything literal, they can’t understand humor or language nuances, and even when someone tries to appeal to them they throw a fit if it isn’t done in a toothless, meaningless manner.

    • schmow town

      What is the context of it?

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Just because someone is hung and mutilated doesn’t mean hate crime.

  • Bamf

    “The purpose of this series is to sound alarms. THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA is a comic book about the terrifying future we are heading for if our country remains on its current path.”

    How’s that? Did the black dude on the cover say something silly like “not all white people are racist?

    • lucben999

      No, SJWs reject your reality and substitute it with their own, where people of color are lynched every day by violent Trump supporters and society applauds them for it.

  • Disqusted

    Looks like a depiction of what SJWs do to anyone who disagrees with them.

    Speaking of comics, a friend linked me this. Thought it was amusing:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHhuF7ZI09w

    How to fail at sales and marketing Marvel 101: make completely irrelevant and self-destructive anti-fan comics alongside your film adaptations.

  • Image Comics has officially gave up their freedom of creativity and expression.

    They better cater absolutely everything to the SJWs and feminists now.

  • Image Comics has officially gave up their freedom of creativity and expression.

    They better cater absolutely everything to the SJWs and feminists now.

  • Image Comics has officially gave up their freedom of creativity and expression.

    They better cater absolutely everything to the SJWs and feminists now.

    • schmow town

      As someone who doesn’t not consider themselves anywhere near being an sjw, it is kinda depressing to see so many people so stuck in their world view that they can’t see what’s wrong with this cover….

      • Or maybe you’re just a sensitive little baby who cannot distinguish between fiction and reality.

        • schmow town

          Imagine finding yourself one day in Pakistan spreading American ideology and greatness. You are a true American patriot doing God’s work and making a lot of money while you’re at it, but also you love comics and in this foreign land you want something to escape to. You walk into a comic store and find a book with a similar cover but instead of a brown guy, it’s a white guy hanging with his dick cut off. How would you feel?

          • Andrew Tee

            The point of the original cover is to show something shocking. Nevertheless, it is not really fruitful to call someone a sensitive little baby.

          • What on earth

            Maybe not, but anyone who tries to control how others communicate based on their own sensitivities is definitely, metaphorically, a little baby because that is exactly how little babies, are; they believe the world revolves around them and their feelings

          • What on earth

            Maybe not, but anyone who tries to control how others communicate based on their own sensitivities is definitely, metaphorically, a little baby because that is exactly how little babies, are; they believe the world revolves around them and their feelings

          • Andrew Tee

            The point of the original cover is to show something shocking. Nevertheless, it is not really fruitful to call someone a sensitive little baby.

          • What on earth

            I saw Mexican guys with their dicks/heads/limbs cut off in the movie Sicario, but nothing about that made me feel marginalized. Sicario is actually one of my favorite movies.

            Maybe instead of being a critic, you should be a creator. Maybe instead of expecting everyone to communicate through the filter of your comfort level, you should recognize that your comfort level is your own problem and you shouldnt expect the world to coddle you

          • schmow town

            Fair point but that’s also not on the cover of the dvd

  • So what SJWs are basically saying is they want to tackle “bigotry”, but they don’t want shocking imagery to illustrate their point? Goes to show what fucking babies they are.

  • So what SJWs are basically saying is they want to tackle “bigotry”, but they don’t want shocking imagery to illustrate their point? Goes to show what fucking babies they are.

    • Richard

      To be fair to SJWs, they do seem to have a child like mentality. If you listen to their arguments, they seem to boil down to “I know you are, but what am I”, or just outright temper tantrums.

      • True, they do tend to show a lot of signs of immaturity.

      • True, they do tend to show a lot of signs of immaturity.

    • Richard

      To be fair to SJWs, they do seem to have a child like mentality. If you listen to their arguments, they seem to boil down to “I know you are, but what am I”, or just outright temper tantrums.

    • Richard

      To be fair to SJWs, they do seem to have a child like mentality. If you listen to their arguments, they seem to boil down to “I know you are, but what am I”, or just outright temper tantrums.

    • Ajt

      Quick send in the puppies and play dough!!! Bubble up in the Safe Space!!!!

  • Alistair

    If it was a white cis male with his dick chop off and hung, then that be alright.

    The feminists knows no bounds.

  • Alistair

    If it was a white cis male with his dick chop off and hung, then that be alright.

    The feminists knows no bounds.

  • Alistair

    If it was a white cis male with his dick chop off and hung, then that be alright.

    The feminists knows no bounds.

    • RichardGristle

      Alright? It’d be fucking celebrated. Probably win some kind of worthless Nobel Prize.

    • RichardGristle

      Alright? It’d be fucking celebrated. Probably win some kind of worthless Nobel Prize.

    • RichardGristle

      Alright? It’d be fucking celebrated. Probably win some kind of worthless Nobel Prize.

  • Gorgon

    >placating people who never read their comics

    Yep, sure financially sound thing to do here, that’s right. Fuck people who actually give you money, it’s the professional online complainers who matter!

    • schmow town

      Are you reading this comic?

      • Gorgon

        Not after these news I’m not.