Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Marvel Editor Apologizes for Tea Bagger Ref

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada told a Comic Book blogger that any references to the Tea Party movement in the current Captain America book were a mistake.

The recent issue portrays an anti-tax protest in Boise that is an obvious reference to Tea.

I heard the Marvel apology on Le Show this weekend, during Harry Shearer's weekly apologies segment. You can read the original apology from Quesada here:

Where Mr. Houston is correct is in our accidently [sic] identifying in one of the held up signs, the group as being a part of the Tea Party instead of a generic protest group. That’s something that we need to apologize for and own up to, because it’s just one of those stupid mistakes that happened through a series of stupid incidents.

The interview goes on to ask how the comic books handle political allegory, which has been integral to story lines for 60 years. Quesada goes on:

Our books are no one’s soapbox. I have always made it a point never to publicly talk about my own political beliefs as I don’t feel it’s my place to do so and use Marvel as a bully pulpit. Our readers come in many shapes and sizes, and we need to be respectful of that. Yes, we have characters that have certain attributes built into them, like political beliefs and religious affiliations, but we try to handle those as carefully as possible, and when we present one side of a coin, I encourage my editors and creators to fairly show the other side. Do we always succeed? No, sometimes things slip through the cracks.

I feel like I should sum this up somehow, but I don't really want to use the Boise Weekly as a bully pulpit.

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