New York Comic Con 2017 is over, but the After Action Report for Marvel Comics will not be a good one. Retailers exploded on the company behind closed doors early on, and then an event with defense contractor Northrop Grumman was cancelled on Saturday.
Ask yourself this question, though: Why did the outrage brigade not seem to care that a Planned Parenthood panel was held at NYCC, but a comic book designed to promote STEM fields generated enough anger to make Marvel buckle?
Here’s the deal: I don’t want anything political at a convention that is supposed to be focused on superheroes, but if comic industry pros are going to celebrate abortion providers, then a handful of angry fans on Twitter shouldn’t be able to end a Marvel/Northop team-up.
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I really wanted to see The Avengers this summer. I guess I still do, but it’s really hard when Mark Ruffalo (i.e., the Hulk) goes out of his way to lecture us on oil pipelines, and now Samuel L. Jackson (i.e., Nick Fury) goes around telling moviegoers he only voted for Barack Obama because he’s black. At least the Hulk is supposed to be a dumb ogre when he transforms into a monster, so it almost helps Ruffalo out to say stupid things…but Nick Fury isn’t supposed to be a dunce. He heads up Shield (Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division). And now conservative comic fans have to deal with this?
“I voted for Barack because he was black. ‘Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them … That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean [bleep] to me.”
Jackson then went on to drop the N-word several times when discussing Obama, telling [Ebony magazine], “When it comes down to it, they wouldn’t have elected a [bleep]. Because, what’s a [bleep]? A [bleep] is scary. Obama ain’t scary at all. [Bleeps] don’t have beers at the White House. [Bleeps] don’t let some white dude, while you in the middle of a speech, call [him] a liar. A [bleep] would have stopped the meeting right there and said, ‘Who the [bleep] said that?’ I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years, ‘cuz he ain’t gotta worry about getting re-elected.”
Samuel L. Jackson has an incredibly warped mind if he thinks anything close to resembling the majority of Americans give a rip what color Barack Obama is. They don’t. They care what their bank accounts look like. They care about family and friends. They care about their country.
I would vote for Chunk or Sloth from The Goonies if I thought they would be advocates for a simpler tax code and a strong national defense. If Samuel L. Jackson thinks the United States is still living in the 1800’s then it says more about the liberal Hollywood bubble he lives in than it says about the rest of the country.
When Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page were promoting Inception, they apparently decided that it would bring in viewers if they acted like partisan tools during interviews. Apparently, Samuel L. Jackson got the same memo. Or maybe they’re all just ungrateful jerks going off script because they know they’re in summer blockbusters anyway—whether it’s in a Christopher Nolan film or a Marvel movie that’s been about a decade in the works.
The truth is, when actors get overtly political, customers do less to spread word-of-mouth than they would otherwise. In some instances we refrain from seeing the movie altogether. And perhaps that’s fine—but my guess is it’s not with a lot of people in Hollywood—since they’re promoting internet censorship bills like SOPA (with the help of mostly Democrats) to recoup lost sales from pirating.
In this particular interview Jackson proves himself to be a double-buffoon, going for politics AND race. So a “nigga” wouldn’t “let some white dude” interrupt his speech without talking back? Would it have been okay if it was a black guy? And would the President of the United States really say, “Who the f**k said that?”? Way to dispel stereotypes there, Sam.
The President of the United States is the president of all Americans, a fact that seems lost on Jackson and the current president (remember when President Obama called those who disagreed with him on immigration “enemies”?). Ronald Reagan used to make it clear he was the president of all Americans. When critics called Bush a Nazi he shrugged it off and said at least we live in a country where critics could freely voice their opinions. President Obama seems to take criticism personally, but that might be because his head is filled with the same mush that’s been spooned into Samuel L. Jackson’s.
I don’t hate the color of the president’s skin, Mr. Jackson—I hate 15 trillion dollars of debt. I hate leaving a lower standard of living for the next generation. I hate lying to people about the financial disaster we’ve created for ourselves. And I’m sad that people with large megaphones use those megaphones to cultivate mistrust and division between different races.
At least The Avengers has Robert Downey Jr. He has a few conservative streaks in him, but unlike the rest of the clowns he works with he generally keeps his views to himself.
Do I write a post about Stallone’s new flick The Expendables, or do I cover the Obama administration’s Secret War tactics in the War on Terror? How about…both!
In the new trailer The Expendables, Stallone’s voiceover begins:
“We are the shadows…and the smoke in your eyes. We are the ghosts…that hide in the night.”
What does this mean? It means that the world is a dangerous place, and sometimes we need people to go in an clean up messes the civilized world would like to pretend don’t exist. Think the BP oil spill is a threat to humanity? Okay. But oily terrorists operating in lawless regions around the world can also cause messy explosions, gushers (of blood) on city streets, and black-charred coatings where beautiful things used to stand…
about the world’s scum buckets and dirt bags who’d like nothing better than to make Americans take dirt naps in densely populated urban areas. And people get angry, because if you acknowledge how susceptible free societies are to jihad nuts with a desire to return to the dark ages…it means you have a lot of tough decisions to make.
Even liberal writers like Brian Michael Bendis seem to know (really, really, deep down) that we live in a world where a Secret War or two or three or more…is being waged between competing visions for humanity’s future. The only problem is, when guys like George W. Bush are in office, liberal comic book writers come up with weird Bush-Gitmo allegories that inadvertently make the case for conservatism!
Can someone tell me when Brian Michael Bendis is going to lampoon Barack Obama in the comics for the very real “Secret War” that he’s apparently taken to another level? Don’t hold your breath:
Beneath its commitment to soft-spoken diplomacy and beyond the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups, according to senior military and administration officials..Obama, one senior military official said, has allowed “things that the previous administration did not.”
How many young voters pulled the lever for Barack Obama under the liberal auspices that we can live in harmony with jihadi head choppers if we just try really hard to “understand” and “reach” them? (My favorite is Richard Gere’s infamous post-9/11 suggestion that guys like Osama Bin Laden just need to be loved.)
It’s all a lie. The world is a dangerous place. Evil exists, despite what the Neal Gabler moral relativist Mole Men tell you. And it’s better to be honest and frank about that, because otherwise you create bizarre realities where “peace activists” (who try to slice through your liver with gigantor-knives when their cargo is about to be inspected) can play the victim-card. You also have scenarios play out where young people say, “Umm…what happened to all that hopeandchange?” (Yes, that’s one word):
The Obama administration has rejected the constitutional executive authority claimed by Bush and has based its lethal operations on the authority Congress gave the president in 2001 to use “all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons” he determines “planned, authorized, committed, or aided” the Sept. 11 attacks.
Many of those currently being targeted, Bellinger said, “particularly in places outside Afghanistan,” had nothing to do with the 2001 attacks.
Weren’t there a lot of Democrats that voted for that? Hmmm. Nevermind.
The hopeandchange never materialized because it was never there. I bet the kiddies are feeling pretty numb, right now. It’s okay Thunder Kiss, conservatism will welcome you with open arms when the reality hits that it’s a strange, strange world (incompatible with “planned” economies and Youtube Diplomacy).