Reminder when this was about racism and police brutality? Something that 99.99% of Americans agree that are bad. Then it quickly switches to that America more broadly is systematically racist and evil. This is something that the left has been pushing for years, and it has slowly gained steam and seeped into the mainstream. Supposed objective journalists are now openly saying that America is a horrible evil racist country. Because of this, everything that paints America in a good light must be torn down.
The first thing was the police. We all agree that there are good cops and bad cops, but the vast majority of cops are good. However, if the left is to successfully paint America as evil, they have to paint the whole system as evil, which includes the cops. All cops are now bad as well as racist in the new leftist narrative. The only way to do this is to now get rid of any piece of culture that shows good cops. So Cops the TV show has been canceled, Live P.D has been, and they even tried to cancel Paw Patrol. Hollywood is now moving to reimagine all of their depictions of cops. As expected, this is not enough. Nothing is never enough for the Wokeanity left. The left is now pushing to have, not only confederate statues taken down, but even statues of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln for example. Mount Rushmore is now in the sites of the left. Any and all pieces of culture that even sort of portrays the good nature of America must be canceled.
The latest target of the left is now superheroes. No, I am not kidding. There is a piece out in Time Magazine titled We’re Re-examining How We Portray Cops Onscreen. Now It’s Time to Talk About Superheroes and here is what it says.
In the past several weeks, as calls to defund the police have gone mainstream, pop culture critics and fans have been reconsidering how Hollywood heroizes cops. Legal procedurals and shoot-em-up action movies have long presented a skewed perception of the justice system in America, in which the police are almost always positioned as the good guys. These “good cop” narratives are rarely balanced out with stories of systemic racism in the criminal justice system. The “bad guys” they pursue are often people of color, their characters undeveloped beyond their criminality.
In this period of reckoning, the long-running show Cops and the widely-watched Live PD have been canceled. Actors and writers who contributed to police procedurals are criticizing their own work and donating money to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Parents are protesting benevolent portrayals of canine cops in the children’s television show Paw Patrol. And Ava DuVernay’s film collective ARRAY is launching the Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP) to highlight stories of police brutality and counteract a biased narrative.
But as we engage in this long overdue conversation about law enforcement, it’s high time we also talk about the most popular characters in film, the ones who decide the parameters of justice and often enact them with violence: superheroes.
Nope, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. You read this correctly.
Superheroes have dominated popular culture for the last decade—they are fixtures of the highest-grossing movies and icons to more than just our children. They are beacons of inspiration: protesters dressed as Spider-Man and Batman have turned up at recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations. And yet what are superheroes except cops with capes who enact justice with their powers?
So superheroes are now bad because they act as superheroes.
With a few notable exceptions (more on those later), most superhero stories star straight, white men who either function as an extension of a broken U.S. justice system or as vigilantes without any checks on their powers. Usually, they have some sort of tentative relationship with the government: The Avengers work for the secretive agency S.H.I.E.L.D.; Batman takes orders from Gotham police commissioner Gordon; even the villainous members of the Suicide Squad execute government orders in exchange for commuted prison sentences. And even when superheroes function outside the justice system, they’re sometimes idolized by police because they are able to skirt the law to “get the job done.”
These are the same exact people who would be more than happy to enact the Sokovia Accords.
In fact, real-life police officers sometimes adopt the symbolism of these rogue anti-heroes. The Punisher, a brutal vigilante introduced in a 1974 Spider-Man comic who also starred in a 2017 Netflix series, has become an emblem for some cops and soldiers—to the point where Marvel felt the need to address this idolatry in the pages of its comics. In a 2019 story, a group of police fanboys run up to the Punisher and say, “We believe in you.” One shows off a Punisher skull sticker on his car. The Punisher rips the sticker off and says, “We’re not the same. You took an oath to uphold the law. You help people. I gave that up a long time ago. You don’t do what I do. Nobody does.” Another cop replies, “Like it or not, you started something. You showed us how it’s done.”
So because the cops seem to admire the superheroes in movies or comics, this now makes superheroes just as bad as cops. As we know, the superheroes take down criminals which is now bad according to the left. Does this seem like it is about racism or police brutality anymore? It sure doesn’t seem like it to me.
The left’s agenda was never about solving the problem of racism, it was always about destroying America. They hate everything that has come out of America whether or not it is good. Nothing good can come from America according to the left. They used to be more subtle about this, but they have recently openly said these things. This is why it is imperative that Joe Biden not win in November. If he does, the damage that will be done will likely be irreversible.
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