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Friday, March 16, 2018 

Supergirl #19 is offensive to women and racial minorities

Seriously, that's what I think after checking some excerpts of the material I found from the penultimate issue to the latest volume of the Maid of Might's solo tales. One which all but reduces her to a secondary status in her own book. Here's a gushy review from Geekdad for this story spotlighting a "non-binary" character who's apparently a girl taking up a mindset where she won't identify as either gender, as though that's such a big deal, and even has a distasteful-looking haircut:
...the first issue cowritten by Vita Ayala instead of Jody Houser. This issue pulls off a pretty amazing feat – despite the creative team switch, it continues the ongoing series while also telling an incredibly personal and powerful story that is likely inspired by Ayala, the first nonbinary writer at the big two. Supergirl’s reputation is still in the gutter, and the DEO is on her tale, but Ben Rubel is investigating her case and is still open to the idea that she may be on the side of good. To that end, he meets with a teenager named Lee Serrano who has a powerful story to tell about their encounter with Supergirl. Supergirl saved Lee when they were in danger from a DEO escapee, but their friendship goes far deeper than that, as Lee’s struggles didn’t end with the battle.

Lee, struggling to come out as nonbinary to their parents and dealing with extreme bullying at school, has been spiraling downward. As we saw in earlier issues of this series, Kara doesn’t really forget about anyone – not villains, and not the people she helps. So she follows up on Lee, helping them against the bullies (one of whom has a personal hangup due to trouble at home), and meeting with them whenever they need. Kara has a strong presence in this issue, and Ben Rubel’s past and conflict with his parents become a bit clearer as well, but it’s really Lee who steals this issue, coming off as one of the most genuine characters I’ve read in a while. I guess this is why it pays to have someone write from lived experience when dealing with marginalized characters. [...]
Do tell us about it. It's more like a case of victimology combined with normalization of ludicrous ideologies, but hey, you couldn't possibly expect these liberal propagandists and SJWs to admit it. In the material I found, primarily through video reviewers on Youtube, the guest, who's more or less a girl, is seemingly mistaken for a boy by the bully of the story (drawn to look like the lethargic blond Aryan stereotype), and we can assume it's all a subtle assault on boys who want to help defend the girls from male transgender thinkers who believe they have every right to use the bathrooms of the opposite sex, and believe ladies have no right to object. I remember when Peter David was writing Supergirl in 1996-2003, he featured a gay character, though at the time, it was nowhere near as heavy-handed as what we've seen after the turn of the century. We're bound to look back someday at those products of the 90s and think how quaint even that kind of leftism could be as compared with today.

Since the guest named Serrano is either Latina or black, that's why I feel this story is offensive to minorities as it makes them look like screwballs, and to women as well as men who find male transgender intrusion upon women's privacy reprehensible. It's degrading to women to make it look like "non-binary" is a mentality they should emulate, and come to think of it, to men as well. Not to mention that the culture of cutting away the hair on the sides to look vaguely like a mohawk is denigrating as well.

And it's apparently a social justice story the editors made sure the book would sport before going out with a whimper. I remember that when the now unwatchably leftist TV adaptation began, there initially wasn't a solo book in publication, and now that there was, they sure screwed the pooch. The artwork in the book is decidedly crummy too; some of this new-age computerized illustrations that don't match up well to more cartoonish designs of better artists.

The artist/writer Ayala's been gloating over the negative reactions, clearly signaling she wanted to troll the audience, and says in the following:

Our complaints are about the normalization of mental disorders and identity politics, which stems from ideology. And all this time, more challenging subjects are obscured, like Islamic terrorism and the history of the Armenian Holocaust during World War One. Quit trying to imply we're against famous creations like WW and BP too, because this is foremost about psychology and ideology, not about the female sex and race.

How come she won't provide any screencap examples, if it's such a big deal? In any case, most people have learned that constructive criticism, which she obviously doesn't accept, can make a good case against SJW propaganda like this, courtesy of cynics who adopt specific ideologies to get privileges and separate themselves from the rest of society.

Since I mentioned the TV show, there's some terrible news involving that as well. Namely, one of its cast members, Chris Vance, was accused of spousal abuse:
Chris Vance's ex-wife fears for her life and for the safety of her child after a recent incident where the actor threatened to kill her in front of their 4-year-old son.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Vance’s ex, Moon Dailly, was granted a temporary restraining order last week following an incident last month.

Dailly claims that on February 28, she received a FaceTime call from Vance while her and her son, William, were at someone else’s house for a kids playdate. She says she was excited that Vance — who played Non on season 1 of “Supergirl” — was calling because she claims that Vance had not seen their son since January 13.

But the call took and ominous turn right away, Dailly claims, when Vance immediately began questioning William about where he was and who he was with. She says Vance chided him for not speaking up loudly enough before eventually telling William, “I don’t know when I’m going to see you, we’ll have to wait until your mom gets her f**king shit together.”
As if it wasn't bad enough co-producer Andrew Kreisberg was accused of sexual harassment/assault, now one of the cast members is apparently a tyrant. Does anybody even watch the cruddy series anymore? So far, I'm not sure if it's being renewed, and if it gets cancelled, I couldn't care less, because the Maid of Might deserves far better than all this crap shoved into both her solo comics and the TV show. Even before these recent messes, when Eddie Berganza was editing some of these books in the mid-2000s, Supergirl's book was dreadful, relying on too many guest roles by other superheroes, overly sexualized artwork primarily on the covers centered on her skirt that made it look like it was going to blow upwards or fall off (and I'm noting this as somebody who firmly maintains a sex-positive position), and a curious lack of a secret identity like what she first had in the Silver/Bronze Age as student Linda Lee (later becoming the foster daughter of the Danvers family serving as her custodians). Berganza may be gone following his own sexual harrassment scandal, but the awful abuse of Kara Zor-El's titles continues all the same.

The only thing the issue has going for it is the variant cover, though as I've argued at times, commissioning so many variant covers is wasting a lot of money at a time when prices are high (the issue is apparently 4 dollars too, another reason to give pause to buying it). But that alone is not reason to buy it when you can always save a JPG from the web and use it for a desktop picture. A terrible shame such a marvelous drawing by Artgerm is wasted on this blatant leftist propaganda. It's drawn in far better taste than some of the covers and such on the mid-2000s when Jeph Loeb rebooted the Kryptonian Supergirl, and it otherwise led nowhere. IMO, the return of Kara Zor-El as the Maid of Might has not been successful, and has practically been ruined for all sorts of leftism that eventually came careening down the pike as the editors' politics came more to the fore. This issue, along with the TV show, are a colossal injustice to Al Plastino and Otto Binder's creation.

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