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71814-comics-hatemailIt will never cease to amaze me... The shit that people will care about...

Seriously. I've been tinkering on this website (in relative obscurity, I might add) for several years, and the randomness of things that have generated Hate Mail towards me has always left me scratching my head; the oddities of what manages to churn the ire of the readers that I attract never really jiving with what I feel might draw scorn. 

For example, in the early days of this site's history there was a bit we would do from time to time where we would Spotlight those freakshow births (usually out of Brazil, India, or China) that tend to pop up; usually ending up with some over the top demand that this unfortunate bi-product of reproduction be placed in a burlap sack and have it tossed into a river for the good of Humanity. It was a good bit. A little cruel, sure... But the jokes were there. All the same, not one stitch of Hate Mail questioning my sanity arrived. Not a stitch. But when a bit showed up in Cletus T. Broshus: Monster Hunter (available both on iBooks and Kindle for a very reasonable price. it's good, i promise...) that featured a business idea based on selling stray dog meat to Chinese peoples was met with no less than four pieces of mail demanding apologies for the grievous insults I have laid upon the bound feet of the Asians that might be reading my work.

Makes sense, right? Demand mutant babies get thrown in the drink, nothing. Have two junkies engage in crazy talk centered around the absurd premise of selling dog meat to the Chinese though....

This week saw much the same sort of confusion for me, as again what some people will find the need to let me know their inner most thoughts on perplexes me. (Personally I thought it might be the ten lies Millennials believe that might have drawn some complaints, but no... Again, not a creaking peep to be heard...). But alas, the people have their interests... 

 

Dear Casey....

 

71814-comics-thor"I must admit, I was surprised to see that you didn't come out and out against the gender change of Thor announced by Marvel this week," the email begins, no doubt commenting to an assumption he had previously held against me that I had failed to live up to in an attempt to open with a compliment. Needless to say I was touched....

"But was stunned to see how rigidly you felt about changes made within comics in order to have them keep up with the times. Are you going to be at your comic shop complaining about the new black Captain America next week? Or the newly announced Avengers team, now with 60% less white males? As a long time comics reader, I don't see what all the hullabaloo is wit these changes. They are just comics, not the next battlefield on the Social War that you and Bill O'reilly seem to be so freaking worried about. SMH--- Jason" 

Well Jason, first of all, thanks for the email. Glad your reading, and please be sure to hit the Amazon tab on the bottom before making your purchases. It helps the site. Secondly, there is no need to rush. You can take the time to spell out "shakes my head". You read all of my words... It's the least I could do for you. 

Now, for what you actually said...

I didn't think there was an issue with my comments on the newly feminized Thor character, waiting to form my opinion on the move after seeing how they come to it in the story. I actually thought it the mature way to approach something that, while I have no particular objection to, I do find a bit needless. But I get that they are just comic books, which is why I am not losing my mind. Thor was a frog, everyone has died at least once... It's an illogical world that gets blown up every couple of years or so out of boredom. I get it. 

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But, as with the newly tooled Avengers, I do feel that the Lady Thor move might be another example of a sickness I have been noticing more and more in our pop culture as we wade deeper into our "Hellenistic period". We don't come up won't anything new within our pop art, too beholden to the classics laid down before us by our forefathers (sadly, not out of reverence, which would have been understandable in a way, but out of fear of not making money), favoring reimagining of successful properties from before instead of telling new stories. It makes sense, in a lazy manner of thinking... Easier to slap a set of tits on an established character with some tired, "heard it before" tale of passing along the torch than it is to actually dream up a compelling new character and having the world buy into her... But it's cheap, creatively. You're not really doing noting special... Just recasting without any thought to how it will effect the subject. 

71814-comics-captain-falconIt's a little different with the Captain America move, as Falcon is an established character within the text and the mantle of being America's finest soldier has already been passed along a few times within the comic book's history. It actually makes perfect sense (especially if you have been following along with the current run, which is damn good, I might add).   

 

As for it not being a cultural battleground... If it's not that, then what is it? 

 

Try to contort it however you like, this is undeniably an effort to bend with the politically correct winds that demand diversity for diversity's sake that we have currently ripping through everything in our society. Why else make an already existing and wildly popular character defined by his hyper masculinity into a busty, thick legged Nordic broad if not to try and wedge in a powerful female character into the universe without actually going through the effort of creating a new one (which one would think is easy, given the world within the books has a pre-established catalyst for such changes in its constantly evolving Mutant, deity, and alien populations) if not to meet such a demand? You're right in saying it's just comics and in the end what does it really matter. It is just comics. And if the story sucks, I will stop reading it. 

Not because it is a woman, mind you, but because it no longer appeals to me as a story. 

Personally, I hope it doesn't suck. I hope the book continues to be badass and I can keep reading a comic book that I have been following steady since I was a wee lad. I love the Thor character. And his mighty hammer now being wielded by a woman wouldn't change my attachment (or at least I don't think. I do enjoy reading Wonder Woman, and think maybe that's what Marvel might be looking for in this reimagining). But as a fan I do feel a bit cheated in that something I like has been sacrificed to modern god of social diversity. I get it, but still feel a bit cheated...

Especially when you realize that the majority of the people who applaud this move have never read a Thor book, nor ever will; and within a year, this will be forgotten like so many moves of this sort favoring a return to the old reliable in order to boost fledgling sales.  

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