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Fifteen minutes after The Colbert Report’s facebook posted news that the new Captain America would be black hero Sam Wilson (The Falcon), the comments were filling up with white men crying, “Gimmick,” “Political Correctness overload,” “Diversity for the sake of diversity,” “Artificial diversity agenda ruining Marvel,” and the like.
Twenty-five minutes (and many long reply threads) later, the language and hate was much worse.
We must understand, of course, that the Dudebros and Comic Book Guys had already faced a terrible shock when, earlier in the week, Marvel unapologetically announced that the current Thor would lose his title and the new Thor would be a woman.
Go to any website with a post about either of those announcements, and you will see the comments section filled with thinly-veiled racism and subtle misogyny at first, then later comments openly and viciously attacking women and non-whites for ruining comic books and life in general.
So here is what I wonder: Is there a way to make the Comics Scene more and more uncomfortable to this (fairly numerous and vocal) set of disgusting individuals?
Is there a way to subvert, elbow-out, devalue, and eventually silence them, as they have historically done to all who do not fit their mold?
Will other white males (the only voices these people respect) step up and help shut down this behavior when they see it?
Is ignoring them the best solution?
Or will the world of Comics Enthusiasts always be filled with narcissistic, evil-minded, woman-hating, homophobic racists who give every Comics Fan a bad name?"
I suppose an argument could be made that a hero will always need a nemesis, but…nah.