Superman is being a good guy again. Apparently, in the latest issue, he intervenes to stop a white nationalist shooter from killing immigrants.
And then he collars the wanna-be murderer and shames him. Superman is a real Social Justice Warrior!
Or maybe just an everyday decent human being with magic powers.
Yes! That looks like a good story with a good message.
Except…I got that story from Breitbart. They think it’s deplorable. Apparently, preventing the murder of innocents is un-American and socialism.
In an act of Super socialism, once police arrive, our Social Justice Supes orders them to protect the illegal aliens to make sure they are “safe and cared for.”
This latest episode should not surprise anyone.
DC Comics long ago declared that Superman is no longer American. Where once the hero touted the ideals of “truth, justice, and the American way,” like a good leftist, Superman is now a “citizen of the world.”
In a story from 2011, Superman proclaimed that he could no longer be an American citizen because “the world’s too small, too connected” to work just with the U.S.A.
So a true hero would defend American capitalistic values only, and if a few brown people get gunned down, that’s just the price of doing business? I simply do not understand how these people could look at that simple fantasy story and think Superman should be supporting the Nazi. Except maybe if you’re a Nazi.
Always remember – if you’re in the gang, chances are you won’t be targeted by the gang.
But, Superman IS an illegal alien! What did they expect?
He might claim he’s a refugee, but he should have stayed on Krypton and fight!
What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says
He’s a dreamer. And allowing him to stay just encouraged other aliens such as General Zod.
Rich Woods says
At least he’s not saying “Hail Hydra!” Unlike his detractors.
Imagine if you had the power of Superman, able to fly around the planet at nearly light speed, and all you did was help America (and made sure to check the victims IDs to ensure they are citizens before you helped them). It’d make you a monster.
Of course, imagine being even more powerful – say – all powerful, and sitting back and watching evil happen and innocents suffer. There’d be no greater monster.
The Bratbart crowd might want to do some reading up on the history of Superman. They’d probably be appalled at some of his earliest adventures.
Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says
That’s pretty truthy, but the reality is much more complex. After all, if you are not in the gang, chances are you won’t be targeted by the gang, at least not for serious violence (being targeted by threatening language directed indiscriminately at groups of outsiders, or even all outsiders, is of could almost guaranteed but also largely without direct impact). While it’s maybe true that odds are better than 50% you won’t be targeted for certain violence (like murder) by your fellow gang members, other violence, including hazing rituals that can at times be quite severe violence, is dramatically likely to target members of the same gang as the perpetrators. Depending on the type of violence and the particular culture in which the gang is situated, you may be at much higher than 50% risk of certain types of violence from your fellow gang members after you join a gang, even after you have already passed through initiation rituals.
Moreover, the threat to the non-gang public is dramatically smaller than the threat to other gangmembers.
In one study frequently cited in criminology, 900+ Chicago-area murders were categorized as gang-related by virtue of having a gang-related perpetrator. The victims were then categorized, with 75% being members of a gang other than the perpetrator, 14% not being gang-affiliated, and 11% being members of the same gang as the perpetrator. (The study is Street Gangs and Crime: Patterns and Trends in Chicago by C R Block; A Christakos; A Jacob; & R Przybylski.) Since there are far more people involved in gangs generally than involved an any specific gang, the 75% to 11% comparison likely indicates that when considering murders perpetrated by any particular gang, any individual member of another gang is less likely to be targeted by the gang under study than any individual member of the studied gang itself.
So joining a gang increases your chances of being a target of gang violence initiated by any gang, but the increase in likelihood that you’ll be targeted by members of the gang you join is a larger increase then the increases in likelihood that you’ll be targeted by members of other gangs.
For a better discussion of all this than I could possibly even attempt to make here, you could try looking up:
Of course, that would also have been after Lex Luthor got himself elected President of the U.S.A. and actively tried to both destroy and discredit Superman while in office, so one might understand some unwillingness to potentially be in a position like that again.
Yep. As I recall, one of his earliest adventures was going after war profiteers and businessmen.
Captain America, too. There’s a misconception among some conservatives that Steve Rogers must be one of them because he’s old-fashioned and patriotic, but from the beginning Steve was a New Deal liberal. And throughout his career, he’s never allowed his loyalty to the American ideal to stop him from criticizing America as it is.
Too bad the writers for the Ultimate universe never got that memo and turned that version of Captain America into a jingoistic combination of 1940s stereotypes and neocon dooshbaggery.
SC (Salty Current) says
“Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America’s Greatest Superhero.”
(Side note: there’s a part suggesting his creators might have been inspired by “Zishe Breitbart, the Jewish strongman.”)
SC (Salty Current) says
From the piece I linked to @ #13:
SC (Salty Current) says
Is it me, or does the alt-right look more and more like a Stalinist clique? There’s this pathetic need to denounce everything that doesn’t slide into their world view.
Superman is getting back to his roots. He once fought the KKK in the 1940s. Fighting racism is part of who he is, from almost the very beginning.
You know, I used to think that too. But having lived with someone now for 8 years who used to work profiling gamgs in NZ?
nope. In fact, the people most likely to receive physical violence from a gang… are the members of that gang.
...revealing any link to Judaism would have doomed the Superman franchise
need say no more that as a commentary on America.
Yep … http://www.openculture.com/2016/11/the-1950-superman-poster-that-urged-kids-to-stick-up-for-all-americans.html
Well if supes was real, he’d be a DREAMer and the alt right would be demanding his deportation as he’s not only an illegal immigrant, he’s inherently stronger and faster than natural born Anglo-Americans.
ck, the Irate Lump says
Probably could’ve used Superman in this incident: Nashville Porsche driver shoots homeless man in row. A woman shot a homeless man in the abdomen after an argument about loud music. She was just firing warning shots because she felt threatened, and she closed her eyes while firing, according to her father, so I guess that’s supposed to justify it. Sadly, I expect that justice will not be served in this matter despite her other two run-ins with the law with assault charges (one of which is still pending).
I’ve never thought I’d say this, but… maybe we should stop trying to make sense of these people.
Everyone ought to read this alternative universe Superman:
Therein, Kal-el landed in Russia instead of the US and ends up being the defender of Soviet socialism. Whatever your ideological bent, this is an awesome graphic novel.
When you mentioned stalinist cliques and nazis, I recalled this, about Trump’s middle Eastern friend;
“Saudi crown prince tries to consolidate power with string of arrests” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/14/saudi-crown-prince-consolidate-power-arrests-clerics-mohammed-bin-salman
He wants total loyalty, aka the fuhrerprinzip (and like so many salafists, he will be an anti-semite).
[My kind of superheroes would be like those in “The Authority”, where the Midnighher and Apollo cheerfully kick dictator’s asses alsongside corporate villains.]
Typo. should be Midnighter.
And here are two other cartoons, in a position of power: http://www.gocomics.com/bloom-county/2017/09/09 (Question: -would a penguin with absolute powers be a force of good or evil?)
How is anyone still surprised that Superman is a liberal?
He’s an undocumented refugee.
He works at a newspaper (the liberal, mainstream media!)
He’s against the death penalty.
His arch-nemesis is an egocentric, follicly-challenged, billionaire who slaps his name on everything he touches, and then ran for president (and won)
But unlike the current egocentric, follicly-challenged billionaire who ran for president (and won), Lex Luthor was actually competent when he didn’t let his obsessions run away with him.
Walter Solomon says
They also likely believe Cap was created by Stan Lee instead of the more talented, late Jack Kirby.
Gregory Greenwood says
bryanfeir @ 27 and 28;
That is Trump in a nutshell – he would be Lex Luthor come to life if only he wasn’t such a total idiot and had a single drop of competency somewhere in his body…
Gregory Greenwood says
It is typical of the Alt Right to be offended by a depiction of an iconic popular culture symbol of heroism and moral integrity… demonstrating those values.
This image really hits home for them. Not only is a super powered undocumented migrant protecting other migrants from being gunned down by a trigger happy
xenophobic fascist‘all American patriot’, but he destroys said racist idiot’s gun. Doesn’t just confiscate it or take the bullets out, but destroys it, and you know how many of the far right are gun-fondlers, and how gun-fondlers feel about their firearms (I swear most of them would save their guns from a house fire ahead of their children). Liberals funnelling migrants into ‘Merica while taking away the good ‘ole boys’ guns – it is vision of Armageddon to your average Brietbart fan, two of their own personal version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the remaining two being tax increases to pay for essential infrastructure of public services, and women receiving proper reproductive healthcare. If Superman had gone on to advocate for progressive taxation policies and protect a planned parenthood clinic from violent anti-choicers, then the Alt Right would probably be doing their best Chicken Little impressions right now, gazing fearfully upwards, expecting the sky to fall.
CaitieCat, Harridan of Social Justice says
So you’re saying they’re triggered by this?
I’ll show myself out.