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Nov 7th 2019 at 11:56:37 AM

From Rainbow Lens:

  • After the cooldown of the massive race civil rights movement in the 60's and 70's, the entire X-Men franchise is seen as one huge metaphor for gay people (as opposed to the original more racism-focused premise). Mutant powers are expressed during one's teenage years, sometimes mutants are obvious at first glance while other times they're not, and it can happen to literally anyone, regardless of race or social status. This leads to the point of extreme Lampshade Hanging, as Mutants who can pass for human are sometimes referred to be "in the closet", their greatest opposition are conservative Christians who think their mere existence is sin, and there's an ever-present movement to cure them of their condition.
    • To stay relevant with the times, in the '90s during the gay AIDS epidemic, mutants were given a disease called the Legacy Virus that was essentially mutant AIDS, which the writers refused to find a cure for "until AIDS is cured". Apparently, nobody at Marvel actually expected a cure for AIDS to elude humanity for over two decades, so it became a Plot Tumor of asking the greatest scientists in the universe who can create dimensional portals and cybernetics "When is that cure coming again?", every month. So the cure was eventually found.
    • Parodied in ItsJustSomeRandomGuy's Youtube series ''I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC'::
      Superman: But I've got friends who are mutants! Like... uh, Spider-Man?
      Spider-Man: Hey, I'm not a mutant! ...Not That There's Anything Wrong with That.
    • Taken to its logical extreme in Dark Avengers-X-Men: The Beginning, where it's revealed that the San Francisco neighborhood known as the Castro is a mutant neighborhood instead of a gay community like in real life. Vote no on Prop X and all that.
    • A special issue that deals with a teenage boy being "outed" as a mutant. After training to control his powers, he goes home to find that his parents, originally rejecting him, have finally accepted him; that the girl he had a secret crush on is now interested in him; and that his oldest friend since they were babies has shut him out completely. Hmmm...
    • Many real-life minority-rights groups are beginning to find the association a bit condescending, considering comics' ongoing problem with diversity, seeing it as the co-opting of a struggle for characters that are overwhelmingly straight and white.

PlasmaPower Relationship Status: Cast away
Nov 28th 2019 at 1:29:20 PM

From Teen Titans S 3 E 9 The Beast Within. Dear god, the natter. What should be the fate of this entry?

  • Artistic License Law: The infamous interrogation scene, a legal nightmare.
    • In earlier episodes, the Titans appear to function as a kind of police adjunct, capturing villains beyond the means of the standard police force before turning them over to be processed and prosecuted. Robin's interrogation of Beast Boy appears to assume the Titans have their own powers of processing and prosecution; he claims that if Beast Boy can't provide Robin with information demonstrating his own innocence then Robin has to put him in jail.
    • On that note, Robin's attempt to gain information from Beast Boy comes with the threat of Robin having to "assume the worst" and send Beast Boy to prison if he can't, which is a gross oversimplification. "Probable Cause" is the standard which police need to meet to make arrests, and Robin has exactly three pieces of evidence, all circumstantialnote . So:
      • If the Titans are police and the known evidence merits probable cause, then Beast Boy should already be in prison. The amount of time he spends there depends on whether or not the District Attorney determines there's sufficient evidence to press charges.
      • If the Titans aren't police, then Robin is threatening to accuse Beast Boy unless the latter can provide him with some kind of satisfactory testimony, effectively holding a pointless criminal trial in miniature where Robin is playing both judge and jury.
    • Further, the fact that Robin threatened Beast Boy directly corrupts any evidence that he would obtain as a result; police are not authorized to use psychologically or physically coercive methods during an interrogation — any evidence earned this way is inadmissible in court. Even if Robin had the best of intentions, he just shot a massive hole in both his and Beast Boy's feet.
    • While we're at it, Beast Boy's testimony is a terrible basis for evidence of any kind, given that Cyborg's analysis indicates that his DNA is breaking down, which would have ramifications for the structures made out of DNA, like his brain (as supported by his blatant and consistently abnormal behavior). His testimony should be necessarily assumed to be inherently shaky if not outright unreliable.

Edited by PlasmaPower on Nov 28th 2019 at 5:33:50 AM

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