Fox News Isn't Pleased with the Left-Wing Politics of Captain America #1

Monday, 19 October 2015 - 11:19AM
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Monday, 19 October 2015 - 11:19AM
Fox News Isn't Pleased with the Left-Wing Politics of Captain America #1
In the newly released Captain America #1, which features Sam Wilson as Cap, Marvel quite literally took on right-wing extremists, and conservative news outlets are none too pleased about it.

In the issue, Captain America fights a conservative group called the Sons of the Serpent as they attempt to stop immigrants from coming into the United States from the border between Mexico and Arizona. In the most telling panel, the group's leader expresses anti-immigration sentiments that are typical of right-wing leaders:

Opening quote
"Attention all trespassers! I am the Supreme Serpent!" says the group's leader. "By invading this sovereign land, you defy the laws of God, nature and the United States Constitution! Therefore, I hereby apprehend you by the power vested in me by the aforementioned God, nature, et cetera, et cetera."
Closing quote

When the immigrants say that they don't want any trouble, he says, "Oh, I believe you, sir. I can see you have enough trouble with you already, trouble and disease and crime weigh heavy on your backs."

Opening quote
"Until the mighty wall is built," the villain continues, "you come here for employment that is rightfully ours! And if denied it, you seek welfare paid for by our tax dollars! Also, you know how you make me press one for English at the beginning of every call to my satellite provider? That is something I cannot abide!"
Closing quote

It's a hilarious satire, but it also sounds a lot like something Donald Trump would say. It stands to reason that this is intentional, especially since the comic's writer, Nick Spencer, has publicly denounced Trump's presidential campaign.



Captain America fights the Sons of the Serpent, which draws political backlash, with people calling him "Anti-America" and "Captain Socialism." He insists that he's trying to bring everyone together, and to stick up for the common man:

Captain America #1

Conservative news outlets had a field day with this one, with Breitbart, Daily CallerAllen B. Westand more all expressing their consternation that Captain America was expressing liberal views (the latter with the offensive title "New Black Captain America Battles White Conservatives"). Fox News even devoted a short segment to the comic:



Opening quote
"He's got a new, odd enemy," co-host Clayton Morris said. "Instead of going against Hydra and the typical Captain America villains, he's going up against conservatives.That's his new enemy."
Closing quote

Many conservative journalists and readers are upset about the sentiments themselves, stating that Captain America is the "true American conservative." But many are objecting to the presence of any political stance at all, Gamergate-style. Many have pointed out that Captain America has always been a politically charged hero; in the first issue published in 1941, Cap literally punches Adolf Hitler, at a time when being anti-Hitler was not a popular view in the United States. The writers received so much threatening hate mail as a result, they had to be assigned police protection. Captain America has not always been explicitly liberal as he is in this issue, but he's always been political and he's always stood up for the little guy:




Via io9.
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