2020-07-02 23:47:52 UTC
would be next on the cancel-culture chopping block because they're too much
like cops... and here we go.
When a leftist says something should be 'reexamined', what that creature
really means is that that thing should be banned, canceled, suppressed, or
Just as people are starting to reconsider the traditional image of police
officers as the "good guys" in action-packed films and series like COPS, Time
magazine argues it's time for Hollywood to "re-examine" how it depicts
superheroes in movies.
"As we engage in this long overdue conversation about law enforcement, it's
high time we also talk about the most popular characters in film, the ones
who decide the parameters of justice and often enact them with violence:
superheroes," Eliana Dockterman writes.
These "cops with capes", as Dockterman describes them, being sure to point
out they are almost always portrayed by "straight, white men", function as
either an "extension of a broken U.S. justice system or as vigilantes without
any checks on their powers."
"Usually, they have some sort of tentative relationship with the government:
The Avengers work for the secretive agency S.H.I.E.L.D.; Batman takes orders
from Gotham Police Commissioner Gordon; even the villainous members of the
Suicide Squad execute government orders in exchange for commuted prison
sentences. And even when superheroes function outside the justice system,
they're sometimes idolized by police because they are able to skirt the law
to 'get the job done,'" she continued.
Dockterman argues that some superheroes, like the Punisher and Batman, who
act with impunity are often perceived to symbolize real-life police officers
like those involved in the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah
McClain, and others.
Most of the officers involved in the killings of Floyd, Taylor, and, more
recently, Rayshard Brooks, have been either fired or arrested on various
charges ranging from aiding and abetting manslaughter to felony murder in the
case of the officer who killed Brooks, which carries a minimum sentence of
life in prison without parole, or the death sentence.
In 2019, Dockterman expressed her views about white men playing James Bond.
While writing of the rumor that black female actress Lashana Lynch could be
playing James Bond, the charismatic, suave ladies' man and British agent in
Ian Fleming's spy novels, Dockterman wrote: "Lynch's ascension signals major
progress for a franchise that has long felt trapped in the 20th century. Up
until this point, the role of the world's greatest secret agent has been
played exclusively by white men. What's more, James Bond's sexism, racism,
and general recklessness have proven impossible to ignore in the year 2019."