If you stick around long enough in any creative endeavor, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to be asked to do something you’re not comfortable with, and the carrot will be a paycheck. It will then be up to you to decide if what you’re asked to do is worth the paycheck.
Basically, it will come down to your ethics and values versus money in your hand.
There is no good answer for this. The only good answer is doing whatever is best for you. The bad news about that is if you advertise your decision, no matter what it is, there will be those on either side of the issue that will deride you for it.
The thing to do isn’t to fight back. That really only makes everyone look bad. You don’t have to defend your position. It’s your position, and it makes sense for you. Others who aren’t in the same position don’t have much call to judge you, one way or the other. The only thing they can say is what they believe they may do if put in the same situation.
The only thing being defensive does is adds grist to the mill, and that may not be something you want to go through.
Comics will always have its scandals. They will almost always be tempests in teapots. They will almost always fade. They may be brought up once in a while, but it won’t be with the same intensity as when it was new.
The best thing to do is to try to ride out the wave. Surfing may not be your forte, but still, it’s something that may be best for you to do. Riding the wave (not defending you position, which could turn into a fight, which could potentially only draw it out longer) could shorten the cycle, allowing you to get on with your life and back to creating.
Which is the important thing, anyway.