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Tuesday Twitter Fun – Obama, Tea Party, ACTA and Oni

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It’s a bonus round of Tuesday Twitter Fun.  It’s a mixed bag of issues below.

Comic blogger Cameron Hatheway commented on some of the vile statements members of the Tea Party called various elected officials on Saturday, http://twitter.com/CamComicCorner.

Cameron Hatheway

Comic writer Gerry Conway decided to speak out about the current secret deal being worked on about copyright.  ACTA would have major ripples on copyrights, fair use and intellectual property, http://twitter.com/gerryconway.

Gerry Conway
Kurt Busiek is new to Twitter but already he’s learning how much fun it can be when it comes to politics.  Welcome Kurt by following him at http://twitter.com/KurtBusiek.

Kurt Busiek

And finally Oni Press (who has shown they get new media) has some fun with President Obama and their announcement of the release of the newest Scott Pilgrim volume.  Giver Oni a well deserved follow at, http://twitter.com/onipress.

Oni PressOni Press

Yahoo News Covers Captain America/Tea Party Issue

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Yahoo news has decided to cover the uproar over Captain America #602 with a pretty even keeled look at the issue.  The story got me thinking about the line that implies the racist part:

I don’t exactly see a black man from Harlem fitting in with a bunch of angry white folks.

This piece of dialogue can be read multiple ways.  The first is the way that the controversy is about.  The dialogue implies that the protesters are racist.  A sign points that it’s a Tea Party protest, therefore Tea Party = racists.

But can it be read another way?  I’d argue yes.

Captain America and Falcon are in the mid-west and I think you can explain the line of dialogue in an even simpler way.  The fact that a guy from the big city and black won’t fit in with a crowd of angry white folks, who live in the mid-west, no racism implied.

It is possible people could read the comic and come away with completely different interpretations of that line.  Absolutely.  So we have a question.  What does it say about the reader and how they interpret the dialogue?

Captain America – Progressive. We Respond to Warner Todd Huston

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First most, we at this blog believe in free speech, no matter how wrong or heinous, it is guaranteed by the Constitution.  That’s a little document that this country is founded on (not to be confused with the Bible, which some folks thin).  Fox News, the Tea Party and some right-wing blogs have taken up arms against Ed Brubaker, Captain America and Marvel comics.  They’re decrying a sign in issue 602 of Captain America and one line of dialogue.  When the two are added together it implies racism.

One such person who’s screaming bloody hell is Warner Todd Huston, one of the bloggers at Publius Forum.  Taken from the website, here’s part of the where the name of this blog came from:

The name Publius was chosen as a paean to James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay who used the name as a pseudonym by which to pen The Federalist Papers, the famous defense of the Constitution that was originally printed as newspapers articles in New York. The articles were meant to convince New Yorkers that their state should sign onto the Constitution.

And here’s the irony and my issue.  A blog which takes it’s name from a man who defended the Constitution is attacking one of those things enshrined by that document, freedom of speech.  That folks is hypocrisy.  But there’s more issues with Huston’s blog post.  Let’s dissect it:

Sadly, this muscle bound hero that took on the whole Nazi army during WWII seems to be afraid of those American people who’ve joined the Tea Party movement. Not only is Cappy quaking in his little red booties, but he’s sure that the Tea Party folks are dangerous racists, too.

Captain America actually advocated for the U.S. entry into World War II a year before Pearl Harbor (nice little nugget of history).  However it isn’t Captain America that utters the dialogue that implies racism, it’s another character.  Also, Cap isn’t “quaking” about the protesters, it’s the militia group being lead by a rogue Captain America from the 50’s (long story).

Isn’t it wonderful that a decades old American comic book hero is now being used to turn readers against our very political system, being used to slander folks that are standing up for real American principles in real life — and one called “Captain America” at that?

Captain America is the personification of American values and progressive ideology, the definition of which can be summed up by “A person who actively favors or strives for progress toward better conditions, as in society or government.”

He fought against fascism in World War II before the United States entered the war, he embraced civil rights condemning racism, and recently he stood up against what amounted to the Marvel universe version of FISA and Patriot Act, two pieces of legislation that infringe on our rights.

This is a character that has fought for American ideals throughout his career and even stood up when he disagreed with the American government when he disagreed with it’s policy and felt it was working against American ideals.

In issue number 602 of Captain America, a new story line has begun called “Two Americas.” In it the current Captain (there have been a few of them, apparently) is on the trail of a faux Captain America that is mentally deranged and getting chummy with some white supremacist, anti-government, survivalists types going by the name of “the Watchdogs.”

Huston’s describes the group as white supremecist and anti-government.

In preparation for the infiltration, Marvel Comics depicts the two super heroes out of costume and observing from a rooftop a street filled with what can only be described as a Tea Party protest

Huston describes it as a “Tea Party” protest, at no times does Brubaker or Marvel.  In fact it’s described as an “anti-tax” protest in the comic book.

After this we find that the Captain’s plan is to send the black man into a redneck bar to pretend to be a black man working for the IRS and to get everyone all mad… because… well, you know that every white person is a racist that hates black civil servants, right?

Or how about Tea Partiers dislike civil servants and government in general?  There’s been violence from Tea Partiers which you can read about here, and here as some examples.  Huston himself implies violence is ok in a blog post he penned for RedState.com.  I’ve had friends who’ve been assaulted by Tea Partiers.

So, there you have it, America. Tea Party protesters just “hate the government,” they are racists, they are all white folks, they are angry, and they associate with secretive white supremacist groups that want to over throw the U.S. government.

In fact the Tea Party protesters do “hate the government.”  A simple Google search will show the myriad of signs that depict their sentiments.  In fact a few publicly advocate for an armed insurrection if they don’t get their way.  White supremacist groups are in fact encouraging members to engage in the Tea Party protests and get involved with the movement.

Nice going Marvel Comics. Thanks for making patriotic Americans into your newest super villains.

While I believe in the right for the Tea Party protesters to say what they want, and Huston to write what he wants, I also believe that Marvel has the right to print what they want.  That’s the essence of free speech and isn’t it’s defense, especially when you disagree, true patriotism?

Comic Industry Tweets Their Response to the Fox and Tea Party vs. Marvel

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The reaction from the industry was varied but seemed to mostly support Brubaker the person and condemn Marvel for caving in.  Below is some of the reactions.

Writer Mark Waid at http://twitter.com/MarkWaid

Mark Waid Tea Party Reaction

Writer Ron Marz had a few tweets at http://twitter.com/ronmarz.

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Writer Gail Simone at http://twitter.com/GailSimone.

Gail Simone tweet

Blogger Caleb Andrew of ComicsAlliance.com at tweets at http://twitter.com/calebandrew

Caleb Andrew tweet

Fox and Marvel vs. Free Speech

Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You!!

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Tea Party and RacismWe figured it was only a matter of time before this story blew up, and leave it to Fox News (the mouth piece of the Republican Party and primary cheerleader to the Tea Party movement) to once again take items out of the greater context and blow things out of proportion.

Fox has decided to cover Marvel comics’ Captain America #602 and particularly the Tea Party references throughout the story, particularly the above graphic from the series.

The brouhaha seems to be over a comment by the character Falcon that as a “black man” he wouldn’t be welcome in the Tea Party crowd, implying that the crowd is white and racist.  While the dialogue of the characters only describes the crowd as an anti-tax protest a sign that reads “Tea Bag The Libs Before They Tea Bag YOU!” is what a few are claiming ties the series to the Teabaggers, I mean Tea Party.  Ed Brubaker, the writer of the series, claims the sign was added by the letterer and Marvel (showing they have no balls and don’t stand behind free speech) has announced they will be removing the sign in future printings.

Never mind it’s a real sign from a real protest:

Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You!!

Fox of course is just doing it’s journalistic job in pointing this issue out.  They aren’t taking sides at all or inflaming the issue.  From their article:

But the change may come too late to placate a chorus of critics who noticed the apparent jab at the Tea Party movement and who accused Marvel of making supervillains out of patriotic Americans.

I guess we can assume Fox backs threats of armed uprising (some might call this treason).  Here we have a “patriotic” American at a recent Tea Party protest.

We came unarmed (this time)

But Brubaker was adamant that he did not intend to imply that the group of protesters in the comic book were Tea Partiers.

“I was simply using them to show the mood in the country in various places outside Captain America and the Falcon’s usual home, New York City,” he wrote. “It’s very similar to other things we’ve done in the comic, showing leftwing protest crowds back during the election season in 2008.”

For anyone who has read Brubaker’s brilliant run on Captain America would know this has been the case.  In fact the month home foreclosures became national news, Brubaker worked them into his storyline.

Brubaker has received threats and harassment over the issue leading him to make this statement on Twitter:

Just FYI – insulting and threatening tweeters are blocked and reported.

You can find the tweets supporting or condemning Brubaker through this search.

Of course we’d never say the Tea Party movement is littered with loons, we’ll let the photos speak for themselves.  All are easily available in a simple Google search.

You can find more photos over at the Huffington Post.

Really the shame or anger shouldn’t be directed at Brubaker, it should go to Marvel and Fox News for caving on free speech.

It’s funny while Fox defends the Teabaggers, who claim they believe in the Constitution (you know the thing this country was founded on and guarantees free speech), they are all quickly to piss on it when it comes to speech they disagree with.  I call hypocrisy.

So let’s review:

  • Marvel and Fox are against fee speech
  • Fox supports armed insurrection
  • Teabaggers are pro-Constitution except when it comes to free speech they disagree with

Ok, discuss!

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