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    Are Superheroes just cops with capes?

    Apparently now we need to defund superheroes.


    We're Re-examining How We Portray Cops Onscreen. Now It's Time to Talk About Superheroes

    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.

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    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.

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    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.”
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    When Batman ignores orders and goes rogue, there’s no oversight committee to assess whether Bruce Wayne’s biases influence who he brings to justice and how. Heroes like Iron Man occasionally feel guilt about the casualties they inflict, but ultimately empower themselves again and again to draw those moral lines.
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    What’s more, given that the creators and stars of these movies have historically been white men, it’s hardly surprising that so few reckon with issues of systemic racism—let alone sexism, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of bigotry embedded in the justice system or the inherent biases these superheroes might carry with them as they patrol the streets, or the universe.
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    https://time.com/5857064/defunding-p...roes-onscreen/


    When will we see Social Justice Person, a new superhero that patrols the streets with Fluffy the Therapy Dog, dealing out counseling and hankerchiefs?

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    Aren't they more like volunteer emergency services? What next? Criticize Jesus for being mean to those poor pharisees? Or somehow think Jesus would be okay with racism? Jesus actually exists. Criticizing fiction is just plain goofy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christianbookworm View Post
    Aren't they more like volunteer emergency services? What next? Criticize Jesus for being mean to those poor pharisees? Or somehow think Jesus would be okay with racism? Jesus actually exists. Criticizing fiction is just plain goofy!
    Oh, that's next! Any statues of "white Jesus" or stained glass windows depicting a "white Jesus" are targets.

    http://www.theologyweb.com/campus/sh...-Stained-Glass
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    It's a very small, but very loud minority that is doing these ridiculous things.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill the Cat View Post
    It's a very small, but very loud minority that is doing these ridiculous things.
    The internetzweb gives them exponential power, and the ludicrous MSM fans the flames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Oh, that's next! Any statues of "white Jesus" or stained glass windows depicting a "white Jesus" are targets.

    http://www.theologyweb.com/campus/sh...-Stained-Glass
    You mean the severely anemic statues? What is up with artists depicting people from the Bible as paler than they actually were? I've heard other cultures do the same thing, so maybe it's a bad attempt at making them more relatable??? It's dumb, but I doubt the motives were actually racist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    The internetzweb gives them exponential power, and the ludicrous MSM fans the flames.
    As does the hyperactive right-wing outrage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Stop the world. I want off.


    Oh for the day when Christians from every people group will be together in harmony.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whateverman View Post
    As does the hyperactive right-wing outrage
    Yes, the right wing is out there every day pulling down statues, building "no cop" zones, and looting and rioting.
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