If you read my blog post on Wonder Woman’s new costume, and you’re a fan of Olivia Munn, you probably know that she would never be a fan of mine. Here’s what she has to say about the Wonder Woman hubbub:
“Isn’t the patriotism in your heart? Why do you have to wear it on your sleeve?” Munn asked rhetorically. “Like, can’t she just be that person? She still is. She’s Wonder Woman! She’s f**king saving the world! She’s not just saving America, she’s saving the f**king world! And she’s wearing a great outfit and she’s kicking ass. She doesn’t need to wear a f**king star to be a f**king patriot.”
Likewise, Oliva, you don’t have to take part in degrading hotdog eating spectacles to show the world you have no shame and you’ll do anything to get yourself noticed. You can just “be that that person,” right? And you don’t need to engage in said hotdog eating embarrassments to make the blood race in teenage boys and overweight, lonely video game nerds — you can just be that person through your good looks and sassy attitude.
So yes, Olivia, I agree with you.
However, the point of my original post, which you also highlight quite nicely, is that some of us don’t want this particular hero to be Wonder World Community Consensus Woman. There’s a big difference between saving the world and conducting yourself as if you need the world’s approval before you did so. Or that organizations that have Iran on their rotating human rights councils operate with the same moral authority as The United States. The liberal writers at DC and Marvel actually have an agenda, even if most of them don’t realize it. While I highly doubt most of the liberal scribes who annoy me within the comics industry are actually reading the research put out by The Heritage Foundation, Brookings, or Cato…they are trying to fundamentally change the characters I grew up with and love. And other fans realize it as well.
Just as Lynda Carter is a liberal, so too is Olivia. Let’s take her stance on gay marriage, for instance:
“It’s ridiculous and I’m really upset that Obama, as a black man, and all the things that African Americans have gone through after being oppressed, has said ‘you’re less than’ and cannot stand up and say marriage is a union between two individuals who love each other,” Munn told Pop Tarts last week. “I just think everyone should be allowed the same rights – if they want to exercise them, they can and if they don’t, they don’t.”
I never knew that prep-school taught Barack Obama, growing up on the mean streets of Hawaii, was oppressed…but I’ll give you that one just for the heck of it, Ms. Munn. However, the reason why President Obama can’t say “marriage is a union between two individuals who love each other” is because that’s not the definition of marriage. Sorry. Words have meanings, and just because you don’t like a specific definition it doesn’t mean you get to change it. But what else would we expect from a moral relativist?
My point isn’t to divulge whether I care or not what Elton John does in his spare time (e.g., making out with other men or pointing out liberal hypocrisy over Arizona’s immigration law). In truth: I don’t. I just wish there were more conservatives out there diving head first into the fight over popular culture. Then they’d be able to intellectually tear talking heads like Olivia apart. She opts to be G4 TV eye candy for years on end and then suddenly wants people to consider her political prowess? Nice try. Now go film the next installment of Attack of the Show, my friend, because you’re boring me.