Don’t do it.
Here’s the deal. Let’s say you’re giving a speech and someone comes up to you and asks why your company doesn’t hire more of a certain type of people. The thing you don’t want to do is say “have you asked that other company?” It just is not the best way to go about things. What you haven’t done is answer the question. When you’re in a position of power, what is best not to do, is play helpless and make the person asking the question out to be a bad guy. Don’t tell them that they should be doing your job, especially when you make a statement before hand that you know the question is coming. It is not a good idea to go out and insult fans of yours with legitimate concerns about the message your company is sending out. Especially when you’re the trained public speaker and they are not. For some of the people asking hard questions it took a lot of courage to get in front of you and ask, don’t disrespect them by moving all the blame away from yourself.
Fact: I have not listened to every second of the DC Comics San Diego Comic-Con Panels. I have listened to a majority of them and not once has DC brass admitted to anything being even slightly wrong. The idea that more women writing their comics being even a moderately decent idea rarely showed up.
I just think the entire idea was handled poorly. It is a thing you see very often with people in privileged positions. Someone says to them “hey, your’e in a position of privilege, would you like to help those who are disenfranchised through no fault of their own” and that person will say “Bugger you get outta here. No one in that disenfranchised group deserves help. I never had help (ignoring all the help I had) and you’re probably being too sensitive. Look! Here’s our token four examples to prove the rule. Don’t look at all the things that prove your argument, just look at these three things we consistently stand behind.
This is a lazy and unproductive way to deal with real situations. The only people it endears to you are probably racists and sexists. Yes, cheering for sexist comments does, in fact, make you a sexist.