shannonl5
2 years ago5,000+ Views

Captain America would be ashamed.

You might remember Ike Perlmutter from the Sony emails leak: He's the one who was standing in the way of a female-led movie form Marvel until very recently (he's no longer in charge of the cinematic universe). And now, despite the progressive angle of Marvel's new comics (including a top-seller featuring Pakistani-American heroine Kamala Khan) it seems like Ike Perlmutter supports his "friend Donald Trump's" bid for candidacy (via).

Just in case you forgot, here are some of the highlights of his campaign:

Yeah, I'm sure it has nothing do to with the fact that rape cases in the military are decided by a military tribunal- which essentially gives officers the power to abuse those underneath them and threaten their career if they talk. I guess Trump isn't aware that while women are more likely to be the victims of Military Sexual Trauma, because fewer enlist there are far more male survivors- nearly 14,000 in 2012.
I guess Trump is not aware that immigrants are less likely to be criminals than native-born people. Maybe he should be checking on the criminals on Wall Street that gamed the housing market and caused the financial crisis we're still in today. You know, if he's really serious about being tough on crime.
Such a mature thing for a Presidential candidate to say. /sarcasm

Perlmutter doesn't speak for Marvel.

He doesn't speak for the writers, the artists, or anyone else on staff. (Though he might have something to do with the pattern of forgiving repeat offenders when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace). And he definitely doesn't speak for the grandfather of all comics, Stan Lee, who had this to say in 1968:
"Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them – to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater – one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners. He hates people he’s never seen – people he’s never known – with equal intensity – with equal venom. Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race – to despise an entire nation – to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God – a God who calls us ALL – His children.
Pax et Justitia,
Stan."

Thanks Stan Lee.

I hope all of us take our cues from you, and your heroes.
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Stan Lee has fascinating wisdom when it comes to speaking out against bigotry, especially when he started out creating comics. Acting like a big shot without prior knowledge of a person or thing just to gain attention is just one way of showing arrogance.
2 years ago·Reply
Great Stan Lee quote. I had no idea he was so cool! Although this is such a bummer. I can't believe this Trump thing is still going on.
2 years ago·Reply
@shannonl5 The thing is, it's not just his Presidency. That's just the icing on the cake. Our neighborhoods tend to be strongholds for Democrats. It is taken for granted that if you're black, you're going to vote for a Democrat. Well, that has been the case for almost 50 years, and our communities are no better. For the most part, worse. And Trump has been speaking to concerns that people have, and people have the right to have those concerns. He brings out the worst in people though. When he says something like, and I'm paraphrasing, "If you see someone here with a tomato, go ahead and knock them out. Don't worry, I'll cover your legal fees," that is irresponsible and dangerous. We are capable of doing good, but we are also capable of being very vile. He wants the job of leader of this country, and saying something like that means that he condones that type of behavior, or he just doesn't care. Which means that people will do it.
2 years ago·Reply
@shannonl5 First thing, he lost last night in Iowa. He had a huge lead in the polls up there, and he still lost. So that means that while he has a lot of support, it might not be as strong as he, or a lot of other people, thought it was. Now as for my insight, as a Democrat, and a black one. As a community, and I'm speaking in general, we're financially liberal, and socially conservative. The reason why you don't see many blacks vote Republican, well, it's because they come off like angry assholes. That die hard support that was there for Democrats though is starting to fade a bit. Especially after Obama. He's someone who knows what it is like in our communities, yet things haven't gotten any better. I'm not like some who say that things have gotten worse, but nothing has gotten better. There are a lot of people in the community who are pissed over illegal immigration, and that it's taking jobs away. There are many who don't feel welcome in their communities. There are those who agree that maybe there should be a stop on Muslims entering the country, and especially the Syrian refugees. There are those who are straight up against gay marriage. I'm not speaking for all, or even myself, but they are out there. So when Trump says some of the things he says, there are some that agree.
2 years ago·Reply
@shannonl5 And sadly I can understand why
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