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,
Thanks Stan Lee.
I hope all of us take our cues from you, and your heroes.