Captain America vs. The Teabaggers

Someone has to protect our country from the insanity of the teabaggers and this sounds like a job for Captain America.  A scenario of this type is seen in Captain America issue 602. (Click on above image for a larger version). Unfortunately Marvel felt obligated to apologize to the teabaggers for including them in this story:

Since 1941, Captain America has been one of the most popular comic book characters around. The fictional super-patriot fought Nazis during World War II, took on those who burned the American flag during the Vietnam era, and raked in hundreds of millions of dollars for Marvel Comics along the way.  Now, the appearance that he is taking on the Tea Party Movement in a storyline about investigating white supremacists has forced Marvel to apologize for the comic hero.

Issue 602 of the comic features Captain America investigating a right-wing anti-government militia group called “the Watchdogs”. Hoping to infiltrate the group, Captain America and his African-American sidekick The Falcon observe an anti-tax protest from a rooftop.  The protestors depicted are all white and carry signs adorned with slogans almost identical to those seen today in Tea Party rallies like “tea bag libs before they tea bag you” and “stop the socialists.”

The Falcon mentions that the gathering appears to be “some kind of anti-tax protest” and notes that “this whole ‘hate the government’ vibe isn’t limited to the Watchdogs.” He then tells Captain America that he doesn’t think their plan will work because “I don’t exactly see a black man from Harlem fitting in with a bunch of angry white folks.” Captain America then explains that his plan entails sending The Falcon in among the group posing as an IRS agent under the thinking that a black government official will most certainly spark their anger.

The clear implicit attack on the Tea Party Movement was first noticed by Publius’ Forum’s Warner Todd Huston.  When a minor uproar ensued, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada spoke to Comic Book Resources and defended the issue while apologizing for the panel that seemed to tie real-life Tea Party protesters to the fictional group depicted in the book.

Saying that he could “absolutely see how some people are upset about this,” Quesada said that there was “zero discussion to include a group that looked like a Tea Party demonstration,” adding, “There was no thought that it represented a particular group.”

Tea Party Nation founder founder Judson Phillips was not satisfied with the apology and Marvel says that references to the Tea Party will be removed from future issues. That is a shame. I was hoping that we could count on Captain American to uphold American values and continue to fight these mindless zombies of the authoritarian right.


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    BatMan says:

    Captain America is now a pussy.

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    DangerousTalk says:

    I remember hearing about how Superman defeated the KKK and was hoping that Captain America would defeat the Teabaggers. Marvel has no balls. Oh no, someone got offended. Do you think that the Teabaggers care who they offend? What fucking hypocrites and cry babies. I guess we need a superhero to save Marvel’s balls.

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