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    Tea Party Jab to Be Zapped From Captain America Comic, Writer Says

    Free Speech anyone?

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    A "tea bag" reference in a recent Captain America comic book that has angered the Tea Party movement will be removed by Marvel Comics in future editions, the story's writer told FoxNews.com.

    In issue No. 602 of Captain America, "Two Americas, Part One," the title hero and The Falcon, a black superhero from New York City, stumble upon a protest rally in Boise, Idaho. They see scores of protesters carrying signs that say "Stop the Socialists!" and "Tea Bag The Libs Before They Tea Bag YOU!"

    Captain America says the protest appears to be an "anti-tax thing," and The Falcon jokes that he likely would not be welcomed into the crowd of "angry white folks."

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    That should be taken out of the comic as it misrepresents the teaparty movement greatly. Those signs didn't even have any misspellings.

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    How do you know that's a misspelling?

    Marvel is not a branch of the government and so they can control the content in their magazines if they wish. (And before somebody says it, the Tea party movement is also not the government and so they are also not violating free speech if they cause a change in a magazine by expressing outrage about some content.) This is just an instance of people caving to economic pressure.
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    I just think it is ironic that the same people who were name calling Muslims for getting the Danish cartoon banned are now whining that a comic book is misrepresenting them. Hell I'll go and buy fifty isuues to make up for the tea party ban.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul Duke View Post
    meh. Typical
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    lame group of people they are.

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    They might as well just can the whole discussion. People on another page I visit were getting all riled up saying the scene in question made people who question the government out to be racist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N D Hill View Post
    That should be taken out of the comic as it misrepresents the teaparty movement greatly. Those signs didn't even have any misspellings.

    Tea Party Jab to Be Zapped From Captain America Comic, Writer Says
    Misspelling or not, that's actually still pretty accurate. Considering... Well... Yeah.

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    I should give credit to Jon Stewart on the Daily Show for showing that sign and poking fun at it. I then had to look it up for myself to share with friends. Unaware of what horrors I might see, I ran a google image search for "teabagger" and "pubic option" and found these additional examples of the misspelling... among other things that I cannot un-see.

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    Oh. And I really hope this is a joke. It's just getting so hard to tell lately.

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    Wow you're right. I did a search to check what you're talking about and those mispelled signs are all over the place. It seems to be a fairly common occurrence.

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    ... at least none of the signs use the word "irregardless".

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    I'm guessing that the main issue is the sexual context of "tea bagging."

    Stephan Pastis said it was a pretty big deal for him to use the word "sucks" in his newspaper comic, "Pearls Before Swine," because newspaper comics are stuck in a 1950's era time warp as to standards.

    Given that Capt. America is, probably, considered to be targeted to a juvenile audience, it's most likely more an issue of "standards" than of "censorship."

    Also, it sort of violates Stephan King's "soap box" rule of not using your art as a platform to sound off on your own political views (unless your art is primarily political).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamber Parrk View Post
    Also, it sort of violates Stephan King's "soap box" rule of not using your art as a platform to sound off on your own political views (unless your art is primarily political).
    agreeeeeeddd. freedom of speech, yes, but a bit unprofessional.

    edit; on second thought its nice that comics reference current events and it is captain 'America'
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    I don't really care about the tea party movement or that the writer was for or against it. I'm surprised that Marvel caved to a small minority of potential buyers. And to address the political aspect, most of these characters were created specifically as political tools since they were the product of world war II and they regularly depicted the enemies of America in very racially offensive ways. Just look at some of the old Captain America, Sub Mariner or the Human Torch covers by Alex Schomberg.

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    Why is Marvel affraid of some teabaggers? They're not the target audience anyway.

    This trend of being appologetic to every group of idiots who make a pubic complaint or accusation makes me wanna puke. No such thing as bad publicity, what do these morons in Marvel doing caving in like that?? Stan wouldn't stand for any of that.

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    I think Marvel is being apologetic that they insulted ANY particular group of people. An article mentioned that the group portrayed in the comic was intended to be seen as a generic mob but the letterer didn't get that memo and added the type that made that mob read as a group of teabaggers.

    Personally, I think if you're running around anywhere other than college referring to yourself as a teabagger you have bigger problems than an argument with Captain America and the Falcon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    I think Marvel is being apologetic that they insulted ANY particular group of people. An article mentioned that the group portrayed in the comic was intended to be seen as a generic mob but the letterer didn't get that memo and added the type that made that mob read as a group of teabaggers.

    Personally, I think if you're running around anywhere other than college referring to yourself as a teabagger you have bigger problems than an argument with Captain America and the Falcon.
    I think this is exactly the point!

    An assembly line letterer ambushed the process by sticking in a sexual reference. Sure, a corporation that's trying to sell as much product to as many customers as possible is going to "cave" if some line worker sneaks in language like "tea bagging," "snowballing," or "cream pies."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamber Parrk View Post
    ...if some line worker sneaks in language like "tea bagging," "snowballing," or "cream pies."
    To bad there isn't a subset of Republicans out there calling themselves the "Dirty Sanchez" or "Gladiator Helmet" party. [Two parties I definitely wouldn't want to attend, btw, even for a crisp fifty dollar bill.]
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    Marvel has frequently been political in its past. There was an issue of the X-Men in the 90s where Xavier was speaking at a mutants' rights rally in Central Park and compared their fight to the anti slavery fight, the civil liberties fight, and the fight against oppression of homosexuals. What'd they get the next week? A slew of letters from black people offended that they were linked with the gay community. But they had the balls to do it, for which they should be applauded.

    I certainly remember that it was a very questionable thing for me to accept as a kid, growing up Catholic. But it contributed to my eyes being opened for sure. In fact if it wasn't for that, I may never have been accepted into the concept art atelier.

    Food for thought, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arttorney View Post
    How do you know that's a misspelling?

    Marvel is not a branch of the government and so they can control the content in their magazines if they wish. (And before somebody says it, the Tea party movement is also not the government and so they are also not violating free speech if they cause a change in a magazine by expressing outrage about some content.) This is just an instance of people caving to economic pressure.
    Legally speaking, they have every right. Morally, though, I'd expect a publisher to have the courage to stand by what they publish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    A "tea bag" reference in a recent Captain America comic book that has angered the Tea Party movement will be removed by Marvel Comics in future editions, the story's writer told FoxNews.com.
    What is wrong with this sentence... hmmm...

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    the tea partiers are the funniest comedy troupe since second city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrr View Post
    the tea partiers are the funniest comedy troupe since second city.
    Too true

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    Huh. The Tea Party. Aren't they the "America for Americans" group? They're right. Foreigners out! Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and white people! Everyone must go! America for Americans!

    The next thing you know, we'll be having these shut-ins calling for a Department of Racial Hygiene...
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