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Friday, October 30, 2020 

Aubrey Sitterson still retains his far-left politics

It appears that, despite Sitterson admitting he screwed up in how he went about the GI Joe debacle from 3 years ago, he not only still supports extreme left politics, he's now producing a Kickstarter funded project called Beef Brothers, which is built on some of the most recent identity politics seen in motion. Entertainment Weekly has the following:
Created by Sitterson and artist Tyrell Cannon, with colors by Fico Ossio and lettering by Taylor Esposito, Beef Bros is "a revolutionary, leftist take on superheroes," to quote the Kickstarter page. Five pages are available now, which you can find below or on the Kickstarter page, and they find the titular brothers (Huey and Ajax Beef) protecting a homeless man from violent police officers. If the project reaches its fundraising goal, the creative team will finish a full 32-page comic of Beef Bros, with hopes of more to come if there's enough interest.
Well they're not getting any funding from me, that's for sure. To think, that somebody whose first official crowdfunding project is this, would use capitalism as a means for bankrolling an ideology built on socialism is dumbfounding. It continues:
"We started off by just saying, 'Well, what is this stuff you're into?' I think I had just finished up an 'Inktober' drawing based on the Doom video games, and Aubrey had seen that," Cannon tells EW. "So then we were talking about Street Fighter and '80s movies like Bill & Ted and we were just like, 'Oh man, if we could just get something like that!' The big things for me were I wanted to have these sort of idealized male muscle guys that we saw a lot in our childhood, but then infused with something that's a little more positive and a little more about community, and a little less about working for the government or the superhero team. We wanted it to be more about the people around them and how they can help those people. The other thing that was a key for me when we first started talking was how in something like Bill & Ted, they're not trying to tell anybody how to live their lives, they're just being excellent to each other."

For Sitterson, Beef Bros is an homage to an earlier era of superheroes who were more rooted in working-class values and experiences rather than serving corporate monoliths.

"A big starting point for me was the fact that so much of what I love in entertainment and pop culture has really ugly underpinnings and foundations," Sitterson says. "Superheroes originally began as very populist, working-class heroes, and that's who they were typically created by: working-class Jewish guys from New York. But they have very much evolved into super-cops who work for the government and are authoritarian. Wrestling is one of my favorite things, but at its heart it is an exploitive business. The same is true for action movies, right? It's hard to find a big cool action movie that doesn't take as a starting point some really unsavory stuff, whether it's what that action hero's goal is or how they treat other people."
Who said anything about working for the government? Or, where do they get the idea superheroes always do? The Avengers and Justice League may have been recognized by world governments back in the day as legitimate crimefighters, but that didn't usually mean they worked for them wholesale, nor did the writers act as though all government and law was innocent and no corruption was abound. And since when didn't they help people in times when writing was better?

A funny thing about Sitterson's argument is that he allegedly has issues with corporate bigwigs, which is exactly the problem I see with them from a right-leaning perspective - they just buy up all these classic creations, and then proceed to dump them in the hands of people with no more respect for them than Sitterson has, to the point where they've injected the same ideology as his. So there's a certain irony in that he'd have a problem with corporatism, since they're as leftist as he is, and maybe more. Additionally ironic is that he thinks wrestling and action films are exploitive, yet he embraces them, and doesn't think superheroes took up a role as supercops long before? This just makes no sense to me.

It's a real shame that here, I'd wanted to think earlier that Sitterson was setting a good example with his mea culpa for making a whole mess of GI Joe, and now he's spoiling everything by virtue-signaling with leftist ideology. Just plain dreadful.

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