Spiderman makeover reflects “browning” of America, strikes blow against whitey.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s a new web-slinger in town.
New Yorkers take their fictional heroes seriously, so it may come as a shock to some that Peter Parker, the Queens native whose destiny was forever altered by a radioactive/genetically altered spider, has been killed off in the “Ultimates” imprint of Marvel Comics. The Ultimate series is different from Marvel’s standard line, in which Peter Parker is still happily toiling away as everybody’s favorite hard-luck hero.
No, in the Ultimates series, Peter Parker gets killed at the hands of his nemesis the Green Goblin. But, being a comic book series, no hero stays dead for long. While Peter Parker may be gone, a new kid is stepping into the tights: Miles Morales.
Miles Morales is a half-black, half-Hispanic super-powered teen who gets into the hero game after being inspired by Parker’s death.
“He’s younger than Peter Parker, he’s coming from a completely different background, a completely different world view,” writer Brian Michael Bendis told the Associated Press. Bendis, who has been writing Ultimate Spider-Man (and many other) comics for Marvel since 2000, is enthusiastic about the change. “I’m now sitting with a pile of legitimately new Spider-Man stories to tell and that is the best news a writer could have.”
No word on whether the change in ethnicity is going to play a role in casting decisions in upcoming Spider-Man movies or Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.
I’m hispanic and this is embarrassing to me. So I apologize for what these lilly-white Liberals are doing to our beloved comic book characters for the sake of “diversity,” and ostensibly on my behalf, no less. So embarrassing!
It doesn’t sit well with me that characters that we’ve grown up with our whole lives should be killed off, all for the sake of “diversity.” These characters, like professional sports teams, are “public” property and not subject to the whims of politically correct writers or greedy team owners. Or at least they shouldn’t be. If the Minnesota Vikings move to L.A. just to chase that almighty dollah, for example, I swear on everything that’s holy I’m done with the NFL. Finished. Same here: this “Miles Morales” will NEVER be Spiderman. Got that?
To which you respond, the world is a very different place than the one Peter Parker grew up in, you goddamn racist. It’s browner now. Superheroes should therefore reflect this browning of America.
And I totally agree. Art and entertainment should reflect the culture that consumes it. But only if it has developed in a way that’s natural and organic. Not forced on us by these “deciders” with an agenda. If there’s a market for ethnic superheros, then create them and sell them to us. If you have the pulse of the nation, then we’ll buy in. If not, it’ll be just another Liberal flop. So, is there a market for black, latino, and in this case cablanasian superheros? Is there? The answer is decidedly NO! Because we don’t care about their race or their ethnic “experience”, we care about their superhero story, regardless of race.
Ethnic superheros have been around for decades; Mandrake, Blade, Storm, and Spawn, to name just a few. Aren’t they good enough? So why murder our beloved Peter Parker just to morph Spiderman into Tiger Woods?
That fact is, ethnic superheros have never really caught on beyond a niche following. Give me a break, even non-whites don’t give a crap about ethnic superheros. Certainly we aren’t going to follow someone because of his/her ethnicity. I’m hispanic, and I’ve always loved Superman. That’s never going to change. Supes has the best mythology, bar none. He’s unique among the pantheon of superheros. Sure, he’s white, but he’s not even human for crissakes. It’s about his species (again, story), not his race.
BUT, you respond, that’s only because “whiteness” is so normative and dominant in this culture, and we’ve all been so inculcated in that whiteness from the moment we opened our eyes. Essentially, our minds have been “colonized” by whitey to view whiteness as “the norm.” So although I may claim to care only about a hero’s story, it’s really about race; and black, latino, and mulatto superheros don’t really stand a fighting chance out there. This Whiteness “matrix”, therefore, has to be shattered so that we can free our thinking from its hold and give ethnic superheros an even playing field. And that way we can restore “self-esteem” to all our brown brothers and sistas!
And with that response you would reveal the ACTUAL reason Peter Parker had to die. Because no ethnic superhero has ever been able to compete with the greats like Superman, Batman, Spiderman, et al., and because our children grow up loving them above all others, this only perpetuates this white dominance of which you speak. So you have to hijack one of the Greats and turn him into a ghetto rat the likes of Miles Morales. That way you will FORCE us to like an ethnic superhero, and thus help “free” our minds and end the tyranny of “whiteness” forever! Sound about right? lol
And that’s all this is. A blow by the forces of PC against whitey and “The Man.” And who a better villain for this new hero of color than say, oh, those greedy, nasty, hateful Republicans and those raaaaaacist Tea Party “terrorists”! After all, this is about his “experiences”, isn’t it? lol