Captain America Against Free Speech?


Recently a new issue of Captain America was released. In it, he and his partner, Falcon, are hunting down a fake Cap who is “deranged and working with white supremacists” according to Canada Free press.com and many others 19825 While looking for the fake Cap, the two super heroes, out of costume for some unknown reason, stumble across a Tea Party Rally and watch from a roof top.

What I find pretty stunning is that both Falcon AND Captain America seem totally clueless as to what a Tea Party Rally even IS. In the first frame, Falcon asks “What the hell is this?” and Cap replies “It looks like some kind of anti tax rally.”. If you listen to any kind of talk radio, read newspapers or watch TV, you KNOW about Teabaggers as they call themselves. How is it that not one but TWO superheroes don’t know about this movement?

Okay, okay, so aside from the fact that they’re not real. We know from past experience that art influence the way we look at the world. Comics are art. It takes talent to create it and such things have been platforms for politics in the past.

This comic is especially disturbing because it implies that protesting the high levels of government spending is subversive. It also implies that the Tea Party protesters are anti-government, racist and violent. I personally never thought I would see the day when a paragon of virtue like Captain America would speak against free speech.

See the comic pages here:

UPDATE: My thanks to Mick for pointing out that I got a bit sucked in by talk radio. There is no place that Captain America actually voices an opinion against free speech. My mistake.

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13 Comments

  1. Mick said,

    February 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    So where exactly in the comic does Captain America speak out against free speech?

    • Herbwoman said,

      February 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      Please see the update I posted. Thanks for pointing out my error.

  2. Mick said,

    February 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    No worries. Having the read the comic myself I’m a little astonished by the way this has been reported. The Watchdogs, for example, have never been portrayed as white supremicists in this or any other comic going back to their first appearance in 1987, and the protest shown in this spread is in no way depicted as being violent or racist. The Watchdogs? Yeah, they’re a violent anti-government militia, but there’s no connection drawn between them and the Tea Baggers.

  3. Mick said,

    February 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I guess I must sound like a real nerd, and I am, but I just don’t see how any reasonable person could read the comic in its proper context and be offended.

  4. The BoBo said,

    February 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks for posting this to my carnival. I have an update for you from the Washington Times on this story:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/watercooler/2010/feb/10/marvel-admits-mistake-captain-america-comic/

    Joe Quesada tries to talk his way out of it – but – does indeed admit there is a smear against the Tea Party. For those who haven’t done so yet – you need to actually read the captions. While it does not explicitly state Cap is against free speech – it does provide language that would give appearance that Cap and The Falcon are against rallies against the government – The First Amendment rights to assemble and redress grievance against the government.

    • Mick said,

      February 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      What captions would those be, BoBo? Because I can’t find anything to that effect in the comic.

  5. Herbwoman said,

    February 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    There are talk show hosts like Glenn Beck, who have a large listenership, who are putting a slant on this story. So when their listeners go looking for the pages, they already have a predisposition towards seeing what they have been told to see. Thus, if you google this general topic, you’ll get a bunch of articles that are basically photocopies of the original all espousing the same thing.

  6. DysfunctionalParrot said,

    February 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    After the “Obama/Spiderman” issue, it was fairly obvious where the loyalties of Marvel Comics lie.

    http://dysfunctionalparrot.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/tea-party/

  7. Mick said,

    February 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Very true. I doubt many of the people who are complaining are buying the comic and reading it for themselves (though I’m thinking of putting my own copy up on eBay, as they seem to be fetching quite a price).

  8. DysfunctionalParrot said,

    February 11, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Makes it hard to protest when the copies fly off the shelves for collectors value!

  9. Mick said,

    February 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    And it only has collectors value because Fox news decided to kick up a stink about nothing.

    • DysfunctionalParrot said,

      February 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      All news organizations make a stink about nothing. Besides, I don’t see how it’s a bad thing that it was reported. FOX also brought ACORN to light when everybody else ignored it…so they’re not ALL bad!

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