Leave it to progressives to target superhero movies — ‘Wussification’ of America continues
A writer for Salon.com decided to send a complaint to the PC police about the portrayal of lead roles in our superhero movies. According to this guy, all the heroes seem to be “straight white men,” and they’re not reflective of the presence of the LGBT community in modern day America.
From News Busters:
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw lamented how the movie depictions of Spider-Man and other superheroes are all “straight, white men” in a Tuesday item on Salon.com titled “America deserves better superheroes: Why a straight, white Spider-Man is no longer a real underdog.” Baker-Whitelaw, a “fandom and Internet culture” reporter for the website The Daily Dot, zeroed in on the supposed “ramifications of having eternal underdog Peter Parker remain a straight, white man.”
The writer also complimented Andrew Garfield, the actor who plays the title character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, for wondering why the superhero “can’t…be into boys,” and contended that Sony, the studio releasing the upcoming movie, “might benefit from listening to…Garfield’s comments on the potential hypocrisy of portraying Peter Parker as being marginalized by society.” She later hoped that superhero movies would catch up with the “reasonably progressive and diverse representation of real-life America” in present-day comic books:
…Marvel movies are often praised for being more progressive than your average summer blockbuster…but they’re still decades behind the comics….none of those movies have starred anyone other than a straight, white man in the lead role. The Avengers franchise has managed a handful of female characters in non-romantic roles, plus Falcon and Nick Fury in the supporting cast, but the mere concept of an openly LGBT character still feels like a pie-in-the-sky dream. Meanwhile in Marvel comics, Northstar came out in 1992, opening the floodgates for a whole host of other LGBT heroes….
…[T]he chances of Peter Parker coming out in Amazing Spider-Man 3 are more or less nil. Hollywood is (sic) yet to produce a big-budget blockbuster with any kind of LGBT character in the lead role, never mind having an established hero come out after decades of heterosexuality….Considering the fact that white male geeks already have Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Peter Parker, Reed Richards and Charles Xavier to heroize their nerd cred on the big screen, it’s difficult to argue that they still represent some kind of oppressed minority. It’s probably time to give someone else a chance.
After briefly touching on how the Spider-Man reboot movies seem “kind of…redundant,” Baker-Whitelaw first took Sony to task for giving “the impression of being so resistant to change that it hadn’t even considered allowing non-white actors to audition for the role.” She continued with her kudos for Garfield – that it is “good news…that Andrew Garfield does seem sensitive to the ramifications of having eternal underdog Peter Parker remain a straight, white man.”
The reporter, who is also a fantasy short story author, continued her compliment of the actor by citing how he “went into more detail about his thoughts on the idea of a bisexual Peter Parker:”
“He [Spider-Man] represents the everyman, but he represents the underdog and those marginalized who come up against great prejudice which I, as a middle-class straight, white man, don’t really understand so much. And when Stan Lee first wrote and created this character, the outcast was the computer nerd, was the science nerd, was the guy that couldn’t get the girl. Those guys now run the world. So how much of an outcast is that version of Peter Parker anymore? That’s my question.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Salon.com has issued a far-left lamentation of a pop culture phenomenon. Back in 2013, the website attacked Disney for its apparent lack of LGBT characters, and ripped a renowned video game for having a “deeply problematic” view of “class, race, gender and animal rights.
It comes down to this: The American left is at war with masculinity. They’re absolutely obsessed with what they see as restrictive “gender norms.”
Like it or not, most boys like girls and most girls like boys. That’s basic biology. Forcing people to change the definition of “normal” to make a select few feel better about themselves is totally wrong.
The left is essentially trying to “feminize” our boys. One hundred years ago, young men were going off to war and supporting their families. Today, they’re on their parent’s health insurance until they’re 26 and calling the PC police every time they get offended.
But back to super heroes.
Kids are some of the biggest fans of these movies. Can you imagine how incredibly inappropriate (and confusing) it would be for an 8-year-old to watch their favorite super hero (in this case, Spiderman) make out with his gay lover? It’s incredibly damaging to their cognitive growth.
Half the reason most of us like super hero movies is because of the action, adventure and traits that go along with masculinity.
Plus, if masculinity is so horrible, why is the left encouraging women to take on more masculine roles?
What ever happened to truth, honor, integrity, wisdom, redemption, strength, and dignity? Surely these are traits that cause us to admire heroes, fictional or non-fictional. Liberals think their manufactured victims (in this case, the LGBT community) deserve admiration and praise for the simple fact that they’re “victims” and “misunderstood.”
And let’s be honest. Who would you rather have physically defending you? Captain America or Richard Simmons?