July 03, 2012

The Avengers are racist

According to the New York Times, that is. Which should surprise no one as in the Age of Obama everything is "racist" to one degree or another. Only a moonbat outfit like the Times could ruin cookie cutter fun like the mega-smash The Avengers.

The world has moved on -- there’s an African-American man in the Oval Office, a woman is the secretary of state -- but the movie superhero remains stuck in a pre-feminist, pre-civil rights logic that dictates that a bunch of white dudes, as in “The Avengers,” will save the world for the grateful multiracial, multicultural multitudes. What a bunch of super-nonsense.

If this were true (it ain't), "progressive" outfits like the Times have no one to blame but their kindred spirit brethren in Hollywood. After all, just look at the teacher movies they've put out where some "great white hope" comes to a failing school to "save" the poor, unfortunate children. So, spare us. Hollywood (and the mainstream media) likes to lecture us beknighted peons? They can pound sand until they live up to their own professed ideals.

Now, while it is certainly true that the Avengers, when originally conceived in 1963 was comprised entirely of white members. But there was a woman on the team (the Wasp), and again it was 1963. And nevertheless, as I've written about numerous times, Marvel, to its credit, was way ahead of the cultural curve in addressing civil rights issues in its early days. Indeed, the film Avengers is actually based on an "updated" version of the team -- an alternate reality team called "The Ultimates," part of its Ultimate line of books. As Breitbart's Christian Toto notes, this team is led by a black man -- this reality's Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson). And isn't the Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, a woman? What about Maria Hill, Nick Fury's right-hand woman? It's truly amazing how a paper like the Times employs writers so ridiculously uninformed about what they're writing.

Trivia Tidbit: "Proper representation" of minority members on the Avengers roster was addressed in two noteworthy instances in the long history of its comics. Back in 1979 in issue #181, writer (and Delaware's own) David Michelinie had team government nemesis Henry Gyrich dictate the actual membership of the group in order to regain federal government cooperation. Part of this deal was "equal opportunities for minorities," and hence the Falcon was put on the roster. (Former member Black Panther was unavailable to join at the time, just in case you were wondering!) Michelinie had several members make convincing counter-arguments such as "What are mutants? And androids?" but to no avail.

Gov. liason Henry Gyrich dictates Avengers membership.
Notice how Iron Man wants to sock him.

Fast forward to the late 90s and early 2000s when Kurt Busiek assumed control of the title. Busiek essentially re-ignited the issue #181 controversy with the introduction of the [black] character Triathlon (see below). Debuting in volume 3 #8, Avengers federal liason Duane Freeman (also a black guy, FWIW) suggests Triathlon as a member when, not-so-ironically, the head of Tri's "church," the Triune Understanding, accuses the Avengers of "intolerance" and "racism." The same anger and mistrust as 20 years prior are brought to the fore, but Busiek elaborates on these much more than Michelinie did, and does so fairly down the middle, too, to his credit.

Posted by Hube at July 3, 2012 08:49 PM | TrackBack

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Correction: the New York Times is a bunch of super-nonsense.

Posted by: Carl at July 3, 2012 11:47 PM