As of April 4th, 2021, Nic "Technically All the Girls Were Legal" Kelman no longer works at Wizards of the Coast. He announced on Twitter and Facebook he is seeking new employment. Though I am relieved this finally happened, I'm dismayed it took this long.
His book Girls not only is disgusting but also endangered women. As reported by the Me Too Movement: "The presence of rape culture in mass media and pop culture is prevalent within an array of genres, from the fetishization of violence against women portrayed in films to the ways media outlets have responded to survivors who come forward about their abuse."
The Me Too Movement urges us to take action on this Sexual Assault Awareness Month to #DisruptRapeCulture.
Amidst a wave of hatred against Asians in the USA, Wizards of the Coast will release harmful Asian stereotypes in the Magic card set of Strixhaven. While tweeting support for the Asian community, the company reinforced the myth of the model minority and strengthened white supremacy. Racism is a tool used by the powerful to pit us against each other, and the fantasy that Asians always succeed because of their hard work is a bludgeon wielded against other people of color.
trigger warnings: implied sexual abuse & statutory rape
Forbes recently interviewed the Head of Story and Entertainment at Wizards of the Coast, Nic Kelman. He introduced Planeswalker Oko, a new character in the card game Magic: the Gathering. When not transforming people into woodland creatures, this faerie loves hunting down and exposing hypocrisy.¹
Oko sees himself as an agent of truth, and if that truth upsets people so much the better. He might, for instance, point out that the man who helped create him, Nic Kelman, once upon a time wrote the novel Girls: A Paean. What’s in this book…
Past writer of card names and flavor text for Wizards of the Coast and current member of SFWA. Magic: the Gathering player for over twenty years.