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Neil Gaiman vs. the Minnesota House Majority Leader

Minnesota Republicans are getting a lot of attention these days. Tim Pawlenty is going to be at the forefront of the 2012 Presidential race, and Michelle Bachmann is too kind of a hot MILF-looking lady. And then there’s Minnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean, who said, in comments regarding a bill to change certain arts funding appropriations so that organizations will have to compete for them rather than get them outright, that he “hates” Neil Gaiman — perhaps one of the great nerd genre authors of all-time — because of a $45,000 speaking fee Gaiman got for a four-hour speaking event at a local library. Dean added that Gaiman, who lives in the state, is a “pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.” Eh, we’re still psyched for the Doctor Who episode he’s got coming up.

The deets of the whole situation are at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune here and, via Gaiman’s Twitter, here. Gaiman also complained in a tweet that Dean had posted Gaiman’s blog post on his own site and claimed copyright; Dean’s site subsequently went down and the offending post was removed this afternoon.

HT: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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  1. Flairtoo says:

    Anyone in office usually is the best of a bad lot.

  2. Sawyer says:

    Wow, he actually does use his mother being angry as an excuse. I…have no words for this.
    Do we have any Nerdist readers who voted for him? I’m curious if he has benefits as a politician that far outweigh this ugly side of him, or if he was the best of a bad lot, or he kept this side hidden, or what led to his victory in the first place. Can someone give me some perspective on this?

  3. Lee says:

    Wow. Not only does his sling mud like a petulant fourth grader, but he still capitulates to his mother like one. I’d say he should grow a pair, but he’d be better off if he grew a fucking brain first.

  4. Flairtoo says:

    As politicians, Republicans don’t have the the market cornered on being assholes by any stretch of the imagination. That said, they are much more unabashed about it. It’s OK to give tax breaks to companies and the wealthy but we must not allow this Pencil-necked Weasel to charge this much for a speaking engagement. BTW how much does Palin get paid for showing up and slinging mud?

    Neil, as I assumed he might, said he donated the $33,600 he actually made, not $45,000, from the appearance to a couple of charities.

  5. Sawyer says:

    You know, regardless of taking political sides here, what kind of dimwit is Matt Dean, declaring his hate for , and name-calling, a person he doesn’t even know? I wouldn’t trust him at the customer service desk of a store, and here he is representing the whole state. How did he manage to get any shred of power and authority?

  6. Eric says:

    I’m guessing Neil did paw-lenty more for MN for Tim has.

  7. Tami says:

    Oh, I didn’t realize Dean worked for free. (Sarcastic irony intended.)

    I also can’t wait to see Gaiman’s Dr. Who epi.

  8. Erik says:

    FYI, Michelle Bachmann is too CRAZY to be considered hot.

  9. Emily says:

    Correction – Mr. Gaiman lives just across the Minnesota border in Wisconsin. Doesn’t excuse Dean’s hatred of him, though. This is not the type of representation of my state that I enjoy.