- How to watch Serie A online for free Today 7:30 AM
- What does ‘uwu’ mean? Today 7:00 AM
- How to uninstall the Epic Games Launcher (for real) Today 6:30 AM
- How to watch the Indianapolis 500 online for free Today 6:00 AM
- Ohio KKK rally met with massive counter-protest and witty signs from local businesses Saturday 5:06 PM
- Guy who said he stole drugs from MS-13 now says viral story is fake Saturday 4:07 PM
- Financial service company left 885 million private records exposed online Saturday 3:13 PM
- Sasha Obama went to prom and Twitter is delighted with the photos Saturday 2:22 PM
- Jon Voight says Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln in Twitter videos Saturday 1:31 PM
- #DeleteFacebook gains momentum after the platform refused to remove doctored Nancy Pelosi videos Saturday 11:58 AM
- ‘Game of Thrones’ failed women—and it’s a shame on its legacy Saturday 7:40 AM
- How to use Tor, the network that lets you browse the web anonymously Saturday 7:30 AM
- How to live stream Devin Haney vs. Antonio Moran on DAZN Saturday 7:00 AM
- Trump’s transphobic policies are disgusting—but they aren’t new Saturday 6:30 AM
- How to watch the Copa del Rey Final online for free Saturday 5:45 AM
‘Arrow’ creator says he had to ‘put on his racism hat’ to write the new ‘X-Men’ comic
Mark Guggenheim seems surprisingly out-of-touch with the political background of the franchise.
In Marvel‘s two new X-Men team books, X-Men: Gold and Blue, this problem lingers on.
Launching in April 2017, Gold and Blue focus on fan-favorite characters. Blue reunites the original X-Men team (with Magneto as the mentor figure instead of Professor X), while Gold features an all-star team led by Kitty Pryde. Speaking to IGN, writer Marc Guggenheim—better known as the producer behind the CW’s Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow—discussed his view of anti-mutant racism for X-Men: Gold.
“One of the things that I wanted to get back to and really sort of drill down is what does it mean to be a mutant in the 21st century…
Why does this racism still exist? In fact, the very first page sort of sets out my anti-mutant treatise. I really tried to put on my racism hat and justify hatred of mutants for the 21st century. And the brotherhood really plays into that.”
This quote highlights why Marvel needs to hire a more diverse staff of writers in general, and for X-Men specifically. By saying he had to “put on his racism hat” to “justify” the idea of bigotry in the 21st century, Guggenheim sounds out-of-touch with his own material. Racism continues to thrive in the real world, and the X-Men’s allegorical role is clearer than ever.
Out of the 11 lead characters in X-Men: Gold and Blue, Storm is the only X-Man who isn’t white. For a story about embracing diversity and fighting against discrimination, this isn’t a great look.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor