We’re doing it again, kids.
Every now and then since their debut somebody has to come along and trash the very concept of the superhero. From Fredric Wertham to Bill Maher the elitists either regulate superheroes to “kids stuff” (as if that’s an insult or makes them lesser stories) or come down on them for corrupting people. And the more you read or listen to their words the more you realize that they have no idea what they’re talking about.
The latest attack comes from Time Magazine, in an article by Eliana Dockterman entitled “We’re Reconsidering Cops On TV, But What About Superheroes?”. In case you haven’t heard a number of people have subverted the rightful anger at the murder of George Floyd by four police officers (and I use that term on a technicality) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m not going to get into all that because this isn’t a politics blog, it’s a storytelling blog by a man who wants to write science fiction and superhero stories. Where this comes into BW territory is that going after the police themselves isn’t enough. They also want to take down any program that shows a police officer in anything resembling a positive light, as if they’re human beings or something. Again, not our usual discussion topic so I haven’t said much about it beyond that I was online when the Paw Patrol attacks happened because of Chase the police dog and despite what some of my friends think I didn’t get the impression it was a joke.
Superheroes however are totally in the wheelhouse, so Dockterman’s attack on them I’m totally ready to stand up against on this site. This is yet another commentary written by someone who doesn’t know anything about the genre they’re talking about. I’m betting she’s never actually watched any of these movies, used Wikipedia as her lone info source, and felt qualified to make her attack because I don’t she’s paid any more attention to the genre than Wertham and Maher have. Did Lex Luthor buy the magazine?