Courtesy of Raw Story:
A Fox & Friends segment on Saturday warned that Captain America’s new mission was to “target conservatives.”
“He’s got a new odd enemy,” Fox News host Clayton Morris reported, noting that Captain America was now a black man. “Instead of going against Hydra and the typical Captain America villains, he’s going up against conservatives. That’s his new enemy.”
Tucker Carlson argued that Islamic extremists or ISIS members would have been more appropriate enemies.
“The [Supreme Serpent] is an American who has misgivings about unlimited illegal immigration and the costs associated with it,” Carlson said. “And that, according to the comic book, is evil.”
“Right, so these serpents are stopping people from coming over the border and Captain America is saying, ‘That’s not going to happen on my watch, I’m Captain America,'” Morris agreed. “An interesting discussion around the idea of [immigrants bringing] disease and rapists and everything else.”
Carlson declared that Marvel was portraying average Americans as “snake-handling bigots and they need to be held in place or else they’ll turn this country into Nazi Germany. It’s like, the people who run this country, a lot of them actually believe that. I live near them. They really think that.”
Morris called for comic books to return to story lines like Captain America “punching Hitler in the face.”
“And now the threat comes from ordinary Americans,” Carlson lamented. “Probably some of you watching at home, they think you’re dangerous.”
Probably because some of the most loyal viewers of Fox News ARE a little dangerous.
Besides there is a reason that the Justice Department felt compelled to create an entire post just to deal with right domestic terrorism fed by Right Wing propaganda in this country.
However it might, or might not, put the Fox host's minds at ease to learn that in the 1950's Captain America was also a red, white, and blue fascist just like them.
Back then Cap was recruited to join the fight against the Commies that Joe McCarthy swore were infiltrating America:
Fueled by the mass paranoia caused by Senator Joe McCarthy’s claims that the United States had been infiltrated by large numbers of Communists, Soviet spies and sympathizers, and the very real threat of the Cold War itself, Atlas began publishing three titles featuring Rogers as Captain America: Young Men’s, Men’s Adventures, and Captain America Comics. Because, as Steve Rogers himself says in one of his commie-smashing adventures, the Communists are “the Nazis of the 1950s.”
Later Marvel Comics resurrected Captain America from an ice floe where they swore he was frozen since his days fighting the Nazis and simply pretended that the Cap of the 1950's was a mentally unstable fraud.
What the folks at Fox and Friends seem not to understand, is that comic book heroes do not lead their readers and movie audiences down ideological paths, but rather reflect what is true about society at the time of the book's publication or the movie's distribution.
And right now it seems that marvel Comics believes that the majority of Americans are sick and tired of conservative rhetoric and scare tactics as it relates to undocumented immigrants.
If that proves to be untrue then that will be reflected in the sales of the comics.
That's a little thing we call Capitalism.
P.S. Is it wrong that I secretly harbor a fantasy of seeing this new Captain America punch Tucker Carlson right in his fat face? It is right?