Blah blah blah new Spiderman is Black/Hispanic blah blah Laurence Fishburne is White blah blah.
Racist people don't like new Spiderman!
Old news, too.
Hell, everything I'm going to write here is old news, but this is my blog and I'm feeling ranty, dammit!
Because you see, I'm tired of being part of a trend. I'm happy that DC is rebooting its universe, but I'm rather annoyed that DIVERSITYTM seems to be their new catch phrase.
Call me picky and paranoid, but I find it troubling that they've had to raid Jim Lee's pockets to pull out a semi-A-list female minority (who's also bisexual, because it's easier to roll our minorities together! Compact DIVERSITYTM)
I'm tired of the notion of a minority Spiderman being frontpage news (okay, not front page, BUT STILL).
I'm tired of tokenism. I'm tired of tokenishm being mistaken for DIVERSITYTM. It makes me sad that DC is making this big effort to bring minority characters to the forefront, because it means that it's taken them this many decades to figure out that there are minorities in the world in the first place. And yes, we do buy your comics!
Black Heimdall was ohgoodlord sexy and I'm sure the new Spiderman will be just fine, but I do have issue with the timing. I have issue with the notion that Black is the new Black. It's a bloody trend. And I'm growing tired of it.
I've been here for a long, long time. I'm not a fucking trend to be catered to when you think sales numbers will be able to handle it.
Okay, now that I have that off my chest, allow the voice of reason to conclude:
Change has to start somewhere, right?
I don't like it now, but it means that, some time in the not so distant future, my grandkids will be reading comic books with a-list not-so-minority heroes that they can relate to and none of it will make headline news at all because it will just be normal.
And I'll be sitting in my rocking chair yelling at them about how back in my day.....