January 27th, 2010

Comics

I'm with Misty Knight

Stolen from 4th Letter:

"This race thing isn't as simple as a skin tone and nappy hair. That's kiddie pool anthropology. That just reinforces the idea of white as the default, in that it ignores the rich culture that white people hold dear. It reinforces the idea that non-white characters don't matter, because why would anyone cast Jubilee in a movie? Why would anyone go see a movie about Misty Knight or Luke Cage? Let's flip Jean Grey and Cyclops to being Indian and Chinese and roll with that! Progress!

"But hey, here's a counterpoint: Spider-Man and X-Men didn't start this burst of superhero movies in Hollywood. No, Wesley Snipes as Blade did that. Black hero with a black love interest and everything. And before the movies? Blade was lame. All he had going for him before the movie was awesome Gene Colan art and we got two great movies out of him and one awful one. As far as quality of Hollywood superhero flicks go, he's matched Batman (both 1989 and Begins franchises), Spider-Man, X-Men, and Superman. Blade beats Hulk, considering that those movies were mediocre at best.

"Imagine what we could get for Aya. Or Jubilee. Or Dizzy. Or Loop. Or Misty. Or Luke. (Or Hypno Hustler.)

"You mean to tell me that nobody would go see an action movie about a black chick with an afro, a robot arm, a sneer and a half-Japanese sword-wielding BFF in 2010? That they’d rather see The Dark Dark Phoenix Saga instead? Get outta here. If we can buy Matt Damon as action star, we can buy a black character as a black character, rather than a palette swap."

News

Pat Robertson, campaign promises, and other politics

"Just think about this for a minute. Barack Obama, like George Bush before him, has claimed the authority to order American citizens murdered based solely on the unverified, uncharged, unchecked claim that they are associated with Terrorism and pose 'a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests.' They're entitled to no charges, no trial, no ability to contest the accusations."

WAY BEHIND ON NEWS:
* Heh. Joel Achenbach, on what American's don't like.
* Yes, everyone talks about 'changing the culture of Washington.'
* Another tool for tracking Obama's campaign promises.
* multiplexer on Obama's communication problem.
* As it turns out, wiretapping a senator is totally illegal.
* What would Reagan do?
* Good read: five myths about the Massachusetts Senate race.
* BBC commentary: do Americans really want bipartisanship?
* The top ten craziest things ever said by Pat Robertson.