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Subj: I understand your point, but I think it's very unnecessary
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 07:24:58 am EDT (Viewed 182 times)
Reply Subj: I apologize if this is offensive, as it was not the intention....
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 12:59:06 am EDT (Viewed 205 times)
I mean just look to your first post, and to all the people you listed. That's a really good thing, surely? That's a good indicator that Marvel doesn't need to "focus" on diversity; because it's already there. You have over 160 names there, at-least. Awesome! Why does Marvel need to focus on ethnic diversity then?
Take New Avengers for instance?
Leader: Luke Cage - black
Ms. Marvel - female, military
Spiderwoman - female and British
Ronin - orphan and "circus" person
Mockingbird - female, military
Wolverine - Canadian
Brother VooDoo - black
And of course, most are "super-beings" which means they are an ethnic group just on that factor. This is one of the main teams in Marvel; and it has only 2 white, American, heterosexual, "normal" (in terms of family background) male characters in it. And considering a very large chunk of Marvel readers are white, heterosexual, American males; I think that's a really good ratio. And does anyone care Luke Cage is black? I hope not. I hope when he was made leader no-one said "finally a black leader" because that shouldn't matter. Being black or white, male/female, gay/straight doesn't make you a better leader; or a better superhero.
Your poll was done with good intentions, but Marvel shouldn't EVER focus "more" or give "more attention" to a character because they are in an ethnic group. They should give focus to great characters, and bring into the fold great characters, and write about great characters. And if that character happens to be a female Vietnamese, all the power to them. But if they put her in purely BECAUSE she's a female Vietnamese, that's wrong. It's positive discrimination, and that's just wrong.
Hope this helped.
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