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Bang! Smash! Pow! Representation Matters. #BlackenAsiaWithLove

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A superhero walks into a bar.

A reporter walks up and offers a drink.

They end up spending the night together, and a love affair ensues.

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A superheroine walks into a bar.

A reporter walks up to her and offers a drink.

They end up spending the night together, and a love affair ensues.

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A Black superheroine walks into a bar.

A Black reporter walks up to her and offers a drink.

They end up spending the night together, and a love affair ensues.

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A Black superheroine walks into a bar.

A Black woman reporter walks up to her and offers a drink.

They end up spending the night together, and a love affair ensues.

That’s Black Lightning.

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Superman and Lois Lane got to love one another, and

Wonder Woman fell in love with the first man she met.

For generations of Sci-Fi and superheroes,

Everybody was straight and white.

The Star Trek franchise has been imagining a fairer future since the 60’s, but

It’s only now -on the newest Star Trek show – that

Yellow, black, white, red and brown people portray species from throughout the galaxy.

Finally, things as fickle as religion or gender identity aren’t barriers to love.

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I earnestly wonder if it was the creators or the audiences who couldn’t see anybody else loved, but straight white people?!?

That only straight white men could save the day.

Representation matters.

Which superhero did you see at first?


1 Comment

  1. manosdaskalou says:

    This is an interesting question! Which superhero did you see first?
    In the big screen it was Superman, a representation of modern day Jesus. The superhero is a vigilante, taking law into his(!) own hands delivering swift justice no questions asked. No evidence, no appeal, just the judgment or a man who hides his own identity; the few who know him become his accomplishes. This formula works because we want to see punishment and if we get bored of the male protagonist the female or younger sidekick are always news by to lay a helping hand!

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