25 juillet 2016

Abandonner Marvel?

J'ai déjà blogué à propos de ce que j'ai appelé la "censure féministe" qui semble étouffer les comic-books américains. J'ai parlé de Thor qui est maintenant une guerrière féministe. J'ai également parlé de l'hilarante rébellion de certains créateurs tel que Frank Cho (ici et ici).

Loin de s'essouffler, le phénomène prend de l'ampleur depuis que j'ai publié ce billet. En fait, il semble ratisser encore plus large que jamais! Car l'agenda féministe n'est plus la seule idéologie qui a un impact majeur sur ces publications, dorénavant les leçons moralisatrices multiculturelles sont également enfoncées dans la gorge des lecteurs.

Bref, l'objectif de Marvel ne semble plus être de créer des histoires divertissantes, captivantes et excitantes, mais plutôt de servir d'outil de propagande idéologique. Et si on en croit cet article de Breitbart, ils en paient le prix:

(...) We are just loyal, long-time readers who are sick of our favorite characters being butchered by nose-ringed lesbians for the sake of diversity, and at the apparent expense not just of dialogue, story and creativity but also, it now appears, the commercial success of Marvel’s comic books line.

A villain based on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is to appear in “Spider-Gwen Annual #1” this week. The villain, who goes by the name of MODAAK will be seen rounding up “foreign filth”, complete with Mexico jibes, “small hands” jokes, and even Trump’s signature catchphrase “Make America Great Again.”

In one scene, a female Captain America can be seen hitting MODAAK with her [sic] shield before the villain can complete his “Make America Great Again” catchphrase.

Your mileage may vary on Trump disses. Plenty of readers will have smirked along at jokes made at The Donald’s expense. But increasing customer frustration at obscure third-wave feminism preoccupations shoehorning their way into Marvel’s comic books is starting to have an effect on sales. It turns out you can’t bully people into caring about “microaggressions.”

“[A lot of misogynistic filth]”, “[Red Pill MRA Meninist Casual Racism]”, and even “[Unsolicited Opinions on Israel???]” were all speech captions in Angela: Queen of Hel, a Marvel comic that was cancelled after failing to set the world alight earlier this year. The comic started with nearly 40,000 sales on its first issue, but dropped to just below 25,000 on its second.

By the third issue, Angela: Queen of Hel was at just above 20,000 sales, and by the last issue, issue seven, just over 14,000 people bought a copy. That’s right: the comic lost over half of its audience within seven issues.

Is that because the comic industry hates women? Or could it perhaps be because readers don’t appreciate being bludgeoned to death with student politics — and because social justice warriors tend not to put their money where their mouth is.

Marvel isn’t getting the message. Its latest comic book character is — wait for it — a fifteen year-old black female Iron Man. That’s right. Tony Stark, the badass, billionaire playboy businessman who has represented the quintessential white American male since the 1960s is to be replaced by a fifteen year-old black girl with an Afro and hooped earrings.

Other comic book publishers are hardly saints, of course. In an issue of DC’s Wonder Woman last year, the popular female superhero complained about a villain “mansplaining” to her before an ally punched him in the face for the crime. “The lasso compels truth, but it can’t stop mansplaining,” declared Wonder Woman as the “bad guy” had his teeth knocked out of his mouth.

(...) “We’re seeing the worst falloff of Marvel and DC sales in the store’s 38-year history,” complained one comic book store owner in an industry forum. “Both companies are losing established readers who no longer feel that the company’s output reflects the sort of comics they enjoy.

“For the first time in store history, yesterday’s Marvel FOCs saw us ordering single digits on more than half of the line items in the Marvel section.”

Marvel’s readership is souring particularly fast. With the exception of some big-name comics whose characters have, thus far, escaped the SJW purge of anything remotely resembling a straight white male, Marvel readers are simply going elsewhere.

Marvel have radically altered their classic characters by giving in to calls for more diversity, leading to a black Spiderman and female Thor. This has effectively turned the company into a multi-billion dollar feminist zine publisher.

Here’s a newsflash for Marvel: race-baiters and gender warriors who complain endlessly about the “lack of diversity” in comic books don’t buy comic books. They’re interested in identity politics, not fun.

When your customers — lifelong comic fans — pick up the latest issue to find a smorgasbord of irrelevant, hectoring social and pop culture commentary, they probably won’t buy the next issue. Not because they’re sexists and racists, but because the stuff you are publishing sucks.

People read comic books to escape the real world, and readers have had enough of being called privileged cis white men, or misogynist MRAs, in the real world, let alone the one place they get to escape it. If you want to put these things in your comic books, go ahead, but readers are just going to stop buying them.

8 commentaires:

Prof Solitaire a dit...


Marvel Comics & Replacement Theory

In this episode: Captain Disabled joins his sidekick tri-gendered womyn in their fight to bring unigendered bathrooms to elementary schools.

Anonyme a dit...

Il faut boycotter Marvel et qu'on vienne pas me dire qu'ils ont été forcé de se rabaissé au délire des SJW ils ont eux même vendu leur cul en esperant faire plus de vente,faut qu'ils en paient le prix fort

Olivier Kaestlé a dit...

Le féminisme... vraiment à Thor et à travers.

Prof Solitaire a dit...

Hahaha ;-)

fylouz a dit...

Ok, très drôle, mais le 1er avril c'était y'a quatre mois.

Prof Solitaire a dit...

Tu m'en crois incapable? ;-)

Honnêtement, en ce qui me concerne, ça va dépendre de cette histoire de jeune fille noire de 15 ans qui remplacera Iron Man. Si c'est bon, je reste. Si c'est mauvais, je quitte, possiblement pour de bon...

fylouz a dit...

Non, non, je voulais juste dire que je trouvais cette histoire tellement stupide que je me disais que ça ressemblait à une mauvaise blague. Hélas, c'est de toute évidence très sérieux.

Hans Georg Lundahl a dit...

Si Marvel vous gave à cause du féminisme, voici un peu de manga:

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