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Sunday, June 04, 2023 

Elon Musk's comparison of George Soros to Magneto is far from a problem, though how Marvel's portrayed him is

A month or so ago, leftists were exploiting statements made by Tesla/Twitter owner Elon Musk, where compared the reprehensible left-wing millionaire George Soros to one of Marvel's most notable supervillains, Magneto, who'd been established as a Holocaust survivor himself in the early 1980s by Chris Claremont. Columnist Caroline Glick commented on this, and why comparing somebody like Soros to a supercrook isn't such a bad thing in itself:
In a series of posts on Twitter, the social media platform Musk purchased last year to promote his freedom of speech agenda, Musk harshly criticized Soros. He wrote, “Soros reminds me of Magneto.” Magneto is a Marvel Comics villain.

Progressive Jewish writer Brian Krassenstein responded, “Magneto’s experiences during the Holocaust as a survivor shaped his perspective as well as his depth and empathy. Soros, also a Holocaust survivor, gets attacked nonstop for his good intentions which some Americans think are bad merely because they disagree with this political affiliations [sic].”

Musk refused to budge. Responding to Krassenstein, Musk wrote, “You assume they are good intentions. They are not. He wants to erode the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity.”
Something to consider that Musk's critics aren't: if we take specific stories as examples, Magneto was depicted killing people, or just plain brutalizing everybody through a myopic viewpoint. And while the Holocaust was tragic, does that give free license to do evil and offensive things, like Roman Polanski, to name one example of a Holocaust survivor, who sadly did? See, this is something these progressives don't seem to consider. Or, how come they don't seem to complain about any story since, say, the 1990s, when Magneto was reverted back to a villain, after having joined the good side in New Mutants for a time? Or worse, how he was depicted associating with Hydra, which conflicts with his prior origins? Or how he's ever been depicted killing since that time, until a more recent storyline I think I'd highlighted mention of earlier, where Erik finally passes away, and from what was told, hopefully heroically.

But what a shame that, past or present, the "progressives" attacking Musk have never really given a damn how Magneto was portrayed, not even how Scott Lobdell made Magneto out to look really bad in his last X-Men story, Eve of Destruction from 2001. It reminds me that, a few years earlier, there'd been a story retconning Magneto more to Roma descent, but this was clearly ignored since. Either way, what matters is that, in the long run, Marvel did do justice for Magneto as a character.

As for Soros, it should be noted there's Jews opposed to him as well, based on his far-left ideological standings. So what's the point of the progressives when they clearly don't address what the right finds bad about him?

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