The Ballad of Adrian Syaf

Perhaps the title is a bit hyperbolic but considering his “exit speech” on his personal Facebook and subsequent taking down of his Facebook fan/business page, I felt a little melodrama might be in order for this dude. Dude in question is Adrian Syaf, an artist on X-Men: Gold #1 whom has been embroiled in controversy surrounding a painfully horrible way to express his political beliefs via art. In a comic book. In a comic book printed by a company that supports Muslim rights with pro-Islamic characters/storylines (or at least anti-bigotry sentiments/stories). A company that prints and is located in America, a country that is primarily Jewish or Christian, statistically speaking. This was the publication Syaf chose to publish his political statements. Wrong. Damn. Audience.

Even if I agreed with his little stunt, I’d not be on board with his intelligence level. In what universe did he think this would fly? I can’t even imagine a universe in the eXiles (also a Marvel title about dimension/reality-jumping superheroes) where this would be okay.

Let me give you a rundown of his Eva Peron impersonation:

Hello, Worlds…

My career is over now.
It’s the consequence what I did, and I take it.

Please no more mockery, debat, no more hate. I hope all in peace.

In this last chance, I want to tell you the true meaning of the numbers, 212 and QS 5:51.
It is number of JUSTICE. It is number of LOVE. My love to Holy Qur’an…my love to the last prophet, the Messenger…my love to ALLAH, The One God.
My apologize for all the noise. Good bye, May God bless you all. I love all of you.
-Adrian Syaf-


“Have I said too much?/there is nothing more I can think of to say to you/But all you have to do is look at me to know/that every word is true…” – Eva Peron from the musical, Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice

Yeah, no. Evita he is not. She was terminally ill and accepted it with more grace and dignity than the grave he dug himself professionally. Let it be known throughout the land that people with talent can also be jerks. And I’ll admit to that – him having talent. It’s such a waste that someone with such skill artistically could do something so categorically a-hole-like but there’s no law that good people are always talented or bad people can never be skilled.

I’m not surprised but I am a little *ahem* salty that he didn’t even have the decency to say, “This is my ideology and people aren’t happy with it. I won’t apologize for my beliefs but I shouldn’t have brought that into my professional life and artwork; it was foolish and I’m sorry.” Bam. That’s it. He wouldn’t have even had to compromise his own beliefs in the aforementioned statement that literally took me five seconds to poop out.

But no, he chose the whining, simpering martyr route of “but I meant that Jews and Christians are not to be trusted in a positive and loving way!“. It’s an underhanded attempt to make himself look like the victim and we the intolerant bigots. Not nicely played. Your career is over? Excuse me while I weep into my handkerchief.

No more mockery? No more debate? No more hate? I’d laugh if it weren’t so absolutely sickening that a man who used a publication to spread his own message of hate and intolerance is now asking for mercy from critics.

Let’s move on though; enough print has been wasted on Syaf and, as he said, his career is over. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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