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The Daily Waffle: Episode Seventy Four


DISNEY URGED TO SUE POLICE DEPTS WHO USE THE PUNISHER SKULL LOGO

This is comics blog, not a politics one. But sometimes the two are inextricably linked. In the wake of Disney - who own Marvel - very publicly stating it's intention to donate five million dollars to non-profit organisations that "advance social justice", beginning with a two million dollar donation to the N.A.A.C.P. (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, a long established civil rights organisation) many comics creators have called the company out on social media - writer Matt D. Wilson's response being typical:

We'd respectfully suggest that it is, without question, inappropriate for any organisation connected to law enforcement to adopt the symbol of a character whose whole MO is the ruthless murder of anyone he has determined is in the wrong. It surely sets the wrong tone to identify police officers with a character who kills without any regard for due process - or indeed, the actual law.

That said, it seems unlikely that most of the people in police departments have never read an issue of The Punisher and know nothing about the character - they just think that the logo looks cool and like the name.

That too, I'd suggest is problematic. For a start, it's a worry if the police think of themselves as "Punishers". That's not the job of the police, that's the job of the courts. If you go out on the streets thinking of yourself as somebody who punishes wrong-doers, that puts you in a mindset that people you meet are in some way an enemy. They'd do better to go back to the idea that the police exist "to protect and serve".

Also, in any event, always think twice before you adopt a skull as your logo. I refer you to the "are we the baddies" sketch from Mitchell and Webb:

So. Will Disney step in and sue? It's a tough call. There'd be a mixed reaction in terms of PR, one that would probably split along the already polarised lines of U.S. politics. It may well be a publicity hornets' nest that the House of Mouse is unwilling to poke.

However, as many comic creators have pointed out, Disney is extraordinarily protective of its intellectual property - they once threatened three daycare centres in Florida with legal action because they'd painted Disney characters on their walls without permission - so who can say?

SPIDER-MAN SHOWS UP AT NEW YORK PROTEST

Staying with the protests in the U.S. we meant to post this yesterday:

MARVEL TO RECAST TONY STARK?

It seems unthinkable, but it's being reported that Marvel Studios have plans to bring in a new, younger, Tony Stark in one of their forthcoming "Phase Four" movies.

More HERE.

IT'S PRIDE MONTH!