Watch FOX & FRIENDS Get Absolutely Everything Wrong About Female Superheroes
Over the weekend, the cast of Fox & Friends decided to get “edgy” and “down with the cool kids” by reporting on something they know even less about — cartoons and comic books. If you ever wanted to get an outside view of what the rest of the world knows (or thinks they know) about even the most iconic characters, then look no further.
This trio of so-sad-they’re-almost-funny-but-circle-back-to-being-sad-again pundits start by talking about an early image of a new Popeye movie that Sony Pictures Animation is working on. They don’t talk about or discuss whether or not we need a modern re-telling of the cartoon icon from the 1930s. Instead, they complain about the absence of his anchor tattoo and his smoking pipe. What they don’t bother to mention is that this image they posted is just a screen grab from an animation test by the film’s current director, Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania). Whatever your opinion on the absences of these two items are, let’s concentrate on why one of the hosts hates what he sees (or doesn’t see):
Nothing is scarier to the modern Liberal than tobacco. If Popeye was driving around giving the morning after pill to fourth graders, that would be totally fine. But smoking a pipe? A symbol of freedom and masculinity in America itself? The reason this country exists, tobacco? That’s outrageous. That’s a major sin.
Sigh. At least someone else had enough sense to mention lung cancer and why Joe the Camel no longer exists…
Then we get to the more infuriating part of the story, something that’s much closer to us than Popeye: comic book superheroes. Specifically, Wonder Woman and the new Thor.
The female pundit asks, “Are we worried about gender equality so much, being so politically correct, that…this is what we’re getting?”
Then another guy adds, “We have to cram a female into every male version of a character…. There’s no equivalency in the male world of Wonder Woman! There’s no Wonder Man! Well, there was a Wonder Man, but not really the same thing.”
I’m sorry, what? The fact that “we have to cram a female into every male version of a character” definitely means that there’s something wrong with gender equality in mediums like comic books. It’s like saying, “We can’t be bothered with creating an all-new original character to please you. Here’s the girl version of this already successful male character, happy now, sweetie???”
And “no equivalency in the male world to Wonder Woman”? How about every other male superhero at the time? While there’s no direct equivalent to the Amazon Princess like Supergirl, Spider-Girl, et al., she was still the answer to an otherwise super sausage party.
In a 1943 issue of The American Scholar, creator William Molten Marston wrote:
Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman. (Wikipedia)
Then there’s, of course, the talk about how Wonder Woman’s costume was so patriotic compared to her costume today. The latter look they’re referring to is the one she wore during her Odyssey story arc back in 2011, just before the launch of the New 52. Today, as we all know already, she’s still wearing her traditional colors.
The “Not So All-American: Wonder Woman has Gotten Much Less Patriotic” title of the segment is pretty hilarious, but still worthy of a hard palm to the face. After all, she’s not even American, she’s Greek (duh). Since the New 52 launch, Wonder Woman has been living in London, not America.
The one worthy takeaway from this video is that even those most ignorant of pop culture are wondering why a character as huge as Wonder Woman is getting “shoved” into movie as a supporting character rather than getting her own film. DC Comics/Warner Bros. officially has no excuse not to move forward with a stand-alone Wonder Woman film.