Apple pulls Civil War games with Confederate flag; Americans ironically slaves to the past

Civil WarIt only took the U.S. one week to move from the horrific actions of a lone racist who killed nine churchgoers in South Carolina to companies banning “Dukes of Hazzard” collectibles and Civil War games. Millions of Americans are, ironically, slaves to the past. They are slaves to an inanimate object. They cower in fear of a flag, even though common sense tells them that symbols can only be infused with meanings we permit.

Kotaku reported June 25:

Today, Apple decided to start yanking games that use the Confederate flag in any way (via TouchArcade). For example, you can now no longer buy the strategy iOS games Civil War: 1862, Civil War: 1863, Civil War: 1864, and Civil War: Gettysburg, which, as you might guess, use the Confederate flag because they’re video games about the Civil War.

Andrew Mulholland, director of these Civil War games, told me this morning that Apple pulled them today without any warning.

“It seems disappointing that they would remove it as they weren’t being used in an offensive way, being that they were historical war games and hence it was the flag used at the time,” Mulholland said in an e-mail. “At the moment we’re reworking the games to replace the flags that are deemed offensive. We’re going to use the Confederate flag from 1861 and 1862 as the one that’s considered offensive wasn’t introduced until late 1862.”

The note Apple sent, according to Mulholland: “We are writing to notify you that your app has been removed from the App Store because it includes images of the Confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways.”

What is happening here is only a few steps removed from book burning. It is the second cousin of book burning. We have found ourselves in a place where it is permissible to use a tragedy to target goods and services totally unrelated to the event. In an attempt to expunge certain elements of the past from our collective cultural consciousness, Civil War games are now deemed “mean spirited” merely for being about the Civil War.

This behavior indicates that the United States is culturally insane or a slave to its past. Businesses are beholden to the bottom line, and right now the bottom line is that prudence and reason are dangerously unprofitable. When a company looks out at its potential customers and it preemptively engages in absolute lunacy to please them, then red (not Confederate) flags should go up.

The nation would be wise to consider the words of Saint Francis de Sales, who said:

“‘Know thyself’ — that saying so celebrated among the ancients — may be understood as applying to the knowledge of the greatness and excellence of the soul (so that it may not be debased or profaned by things unworthy of its nobility); but it also may be taken to refer to the knowledge of our unworthiness, imperfection, and misery.” — Saint Francis de Sales, The Art of Loving God.

“Know thyself” is not high on America’s priority list these days. To the extent it is, Americans only want to think about their “greatness and excellence.”

Only sad people avoid confrontation with the worst parts of their nature, and only sick and twisted souls seek to live in complete denial of sins past. No matter how you slice it, America is in a pathetic place in 2015 — and it has nothing to do with slavery.

Robert Downey Jr. ready for ‘Captain America 3’: Marvel’s Iron Man better read ‘Civil War’ script closely

Chris Evans Robert Downey Jr Iron ManMarvel’s Iron Man is apparently suiting up for Captain America 3, which is great news, but someone better tell Robert Downey Jr. to read the script very closely. If he’s not careful, then there’s a good chance Marvel will use the big screen adaptation of “Civil War” to make a fool out of his character, just like it did in the comics.

Comingsoon.net reported Oct. 13:

Marking a major twist to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Phase Three,” Variety is reporting that Robert Downey Jr. is close to joining the cast of Captain America 3 as Tony Stark and that the film will launch elements of the hit comic book crossover event, “Civil War” in the MCU!

The news comes on the heels of an announcement from Marvel this morning that a new “Civil War” comic book is on the way next summer.

The good news for Iron Man fans is that Anthony and Joe Russo will be at the helm for Captain America 3. The bad news is that a.) They’ll still have to traverse Marvel’s “Civil War” material from 2006, which often made Tony Stark look like a buffoon, and b.) Tony will most-likely be seen as a villain instead of a man with incredibly-astute observations about civil liberties in a world populated by superheroes.

For those unfamiliar with the storyline, it centers around the Superhero Registration Act, which originally was supposed to require those with superpowers to simply disclose their abilities to the federal government. It soon morphed into a weird recruitment tool by the State to force individuals to sign on as living weapons.

Marvel’s tortured allegory for the Patriot Act could have been a great read if the writers handled both sides of the debate with the intellectual respect each deserved. Instead, Tony Stark became a symbol for Marvel’s interpretation of the conservative worldview and was made to look like an unhinged war-monger. Captain America, meanwhile, fought for the so-called privacy rights for men and women who could destroy entire cities, possibly warp time and space, etc.

Consider this: In the Marvel Universe, it’s apparently okay for the federal government to require an ID to vote, get a driver’s license, open a bank account, and a whole host of other actions — but it was somehow an invasion of civil liberties in 2006 to have a man register with the federal government if he had telepathic abilities.

Here is how ridiculous it became: Captain America, for all intents and purposes, fought for the “rights” of a super-villain who could do all sorts of dastardly things to his neighbor’s wife and kids, mind-wipe the whole family so they couldn’t remember what took place, and then do it over and over and over again for years on end. And yet, Tony Stark was the “bad” guy for proposing that some sort of legislation be put in place to get a handle of it all.

Again, it’s important to note that Anthony and Joe Russo did a wonderful job with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Given the way they successfully navigated political minefields with its script, one would have to assume they would give moviegoers the best possible version of a cinematic “Civil War.”

But it isn’t them the fans should be worried about — it’s Marvel. If the company pushes them to use too many elements from the 2006-2007 event, then Tony Stark will come off looking ridiculous. If they allow the Russo brothers to just pick and chose the elements they like, then fans are likely to get a really cool film.

Robert Downey Jr. probably guaranteed himself a massive paycheck for Captain America 3, and that is wonderful for him. However, Iron Man fans better hope that he also had his lawyers secure him some clout with the script-writing process. If they didn’t, then he may have to deliver some embarrassing lines for what will still undoubtedly be a summer blockbuster.

If you’re a fan of Marvel Comics, then let me know what you thought of 2006’s Civil War in the comments below, as well as the company’s decision to visit the storyline again for summer, 2015.

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