There is no denying the influence of superheroes on American culture. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “comic book fan,” there is comfort in the stability of superhero narratives.
Someone who’s read Spiderman fifty years ago and a kid reading Spiderman today would both know the same hero—but leave it to progressives to target superhero movies.
Apparently, the sexual orientation and ethnicity of superheroes really bothers some liberals.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, a “fandom and Internet culture” reporter for the website The Daily Dot expressed outraged about how movie depictions of Spider-Man and other superheroes are all portrayed by “straight, white men” in her recent column on Salon.com titled “America deserves better superheroes: Why a straight, white Spider-Man is no longer a real underdog.”
She claims that superhero movies have not caught up with the “reasonably progressive and diverse representation of real-life America,” in present-day comic books.
“The Avengers franchise has managed a handful of female characters in non-romantic roles, plus Falcon and Nick Fury in the supporting cast, but the mere concept of an openly LGBT character still feels like a pie-in-the-sky dream,” wrote Baker-Whitelaw.
“Considering the fact that white male geeks already have Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Peter Parker, Reed Richards and Charles Xavier to heroize their nerd cred on the big screen, it’s difficult to argue that they still represent some kind of oppressed minority,” she wrote. “It’s probably time to give someone else a chance.”
Whitelaw complained that Sony, the studio releasing the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie, is “so resistant to change that it hadn’t even considered allowing non-white actors to audition for the role.”
She praised Andrew Garfield, the actor who plays Spider Man in film, for also wondering why Spiderman has not been portrayed by a black actor, like Michael B. Jordan, and why the superhero “can’t be into boys”.
“I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?” Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking,” Garfield said during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys? […] I’ve been obsessed with Michael B. Jordan since The Wire. He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better—we’d have interracial bisexuality!”
Whitelaw, eager to use the comic book story to make a progressive political statement, contends that Sony might benefit from listening to Garfield’s comments.
“There is no logical reason why Mary Jane Watson couldn’t be gender flipped and played by Michael B. Jordan,” she wrote, “much as how other characters like Heimdall, Nick Fury and the Human Torch switched races for their movie adaptations.”
But, why is there even a need to unnecessarily interject sexuality to a story line that is essentially a blueprint with near universal approval?
Most of us don’t watch movies about superheroes for romance or their sexual innuendo; we watch superhero movies for their inspiration of heroism and for their messages of courageousness, and adventure. Does everything have to be about sex?
Americans of all ages have enjoyed superheroes since the Great Depression and marvel at their superpowers, but kids are the biggest fans of these movies. Not only would most adults be uncomfortable with Spiderman kissing his gay lover, but it would probably confuse most eight-year-olds.
Although this basic biological fact conflicts with the progressive agenda, most girls like boys and most boys like girls.
The far left constantly discredits America’s traditional culture by calling old-fashioned norms out of step with the times. And this is not the first time Salon.com caused an uproar over pop culture.
The website attacked Disney for its apparent lack of LGBT characters in 2013 and criticized the renowned video game “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” for it’s supposed “deeply problematic” handling of “class, race, gender and animal rights.
Many Americans will think about Superman on the last day of planet Earth’s existence, but if some progressives have their way, people will think about Superman, in his blue tights, making out with Batman on the last day of Earth’s existence.
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