All culture war, all the time.
A week ago, conservatives had a freak out about the NEW Superman coming out as bisexual in the upcoming Superman: Son of Kal-El #5. But it seems that was just the tip of conservatives' WAR ON SUPERMAN.
On October 16, during the DC Fandome online event, chief creative officer and publisher of DC Comics Jim Lee announced that the Man of Steel's motto would be "evolving" from the well-known mantra that he fights for "Truth, Justice and the American Way." The new mission statement for Superman will now be "Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow," which is both aspirational and more hopeful for a Superman for the next generation.
Cue Fox News going for another round after the announcement:
The video features well-known comics fans [checks notes] Leo Terrell, Lara Trump, Raymond Arroyo (who made extremely homophobic remarks to Laura Ingraham when discussing the sexuality of Superman last week), and Alicia Acuna. Arroyo and Terrell particularly complain about DC Comics "changing the origins of Superman" to cater to "wokeness."
This narrative was furthered when Fox News published a story of the colorist on "Superman: Son Of Kal-El" quitting over this change. They were so excited to add their new favorite phrase "cancel culture" to their Superman outrage that they created a new word which has yet to be corrected as of this writing:
We can only assume that Superman's "wokness" is delicious, out of this world stir-fry.
In its article, Fox News links to disreputable Comicsgate propaganda website Bounding Into Comics. Both articles published part of a rant colorist Gabe Eltaeb gave during a four and a half hour YouTube livestream run by Comicsgate's self-appointed leader, former DC Comics artist and bigot Ethan Van Sciver.
After telling an anecdote about The Joker creator Jerry Robinson, Gabe Eltaeb went on a rant that was published in most conservative websites.
I'm tired of this shit. I'm tired of them ruining these characters. They don't have a right to do this. [...] It's not about gay or anything like that. What really pissed me off was saying truth, justice, and a better world. Fuck that it was Truth, Justice, and the American way. My Grandpa almost died in World War II [...] We don't have a right to destroy shit that people died for to give us. It's a bunch of fucking nonsense.
Arguably, no one is destroying or taking anything away by adding more diversity and creating new characters. But Eltaeb continued with his rant against "SJWs" (Social Justice Warriors), as Comicsgate likes to call anyone not in their hate group.
They call us bigots and racist and shit [...] they're the fucking bigots.
Funny that Eltaeb has an objection with them being called bigots or racist considering the "hightlights" of the livestream (which included comics has-beens Jon Malin, Dan Fraga, Graham Nolan, Aaron Lopresti, Art Thibert, and Billy Tucci) that all these conservative publications left out:
- Van Sciver using a homophobic stereotypical "lisping" voice
- Van Sciver saying they are going to "give Superman HIV"
- Art Thibert referring to LGBTQ+ as a "sexual preference"
- Making a "joke" about a character raping the new Superman
- Jon Malin, after Dan Fraga asking "What's next after this," saying that they will pivot to pedophilia and saying "You're gonna have Batman fucking Robin."
- Gabe Eltaeb comparing LGBTQ+ to bestiality after Malin's rant
That last part (and possibly leaking story information weeks prior to Van Sciver to get the hate machine going) is why Eltaeb was probably fired, as posited by this piece by Bleeding Cool and this pinned tweet from Eltaeb (whose Twitter is now in protected mode) in which he describes being "pushed" out rather than "quitting."
Eltaeb's and Fox News's meltdowns are both a word salad of conservative dog whistles and ahistorical. "Truth, Justice and the American Way" did not originate with the first Superman comic books by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In fact, Superman's original motto in his first appearance in Action Comics#1 was one that today would fit more progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Bernie Sanders or, as Comicsgate likes to say, SJWs:
Superman for President in 2028!DC Comics
As noted by this piece in Variety, the version of the motto conservatives are screaming about was created for the "Superman" radio serial in the early 1940s during World War II. But even as early as 1948, in Superman's first film serial, it was adapted to "Truth, Tolerance and Justice," as noted by the writer of Superman Smashes The Klan:
"Truth, Justice, and the American Way" was first used in the 1940s Superman radio show, but didn't become ubiquitou… https://t.co/LYJSHtQmrD— Gene Luen Yang (@Gene Luen Yang) 1616245897.0
The "American Way" motto was revived for the "Adventures of Superman" TV series that aired in the 1950s (during the Cold War paranoia and McCarthyism) before it was changed again to "Truth, Justice and Freedom" in the 1960s on the kids cartoon series "The New Adventures of Superman." The "American Way" part came back in arguably the most well-known version of the character, 1978's "Superman: The Movie" starring Christopher Reeve.
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the new slogan lets the new Superman live up to of the original Superman's (his father Clark Kent) oldest nicknames: "The Man of Tomorrow." The nickname, which debuted in 1939's "New York World's Fair Comics" #1, has long been associated with Superman. But with both Supermen embracing diversity, advocating to fix climate change and optimistically fighting for a better future, never have we more needed Superman as "The Man Of Tomorrow" and a symbol of hope for EVERYONE.
Both in the comics pages and in pop culture.
Who could have predicted this shocking turn of events?
Hosanna! The day is finally here when we can break the tyranny of Big Tech and give all our private data to Donald Trump. Well, okay it's not here here. But yesterday the former president announced that he'll soon be blessing us with the social media platform of our dreams, where we'll all be able to speak our unvaccinated truths. And that guy would never promise something and not deliver, would he?
"I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable. I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon. TMTG was founded with a mission to give a voice to all. I'm excited to soon beginning sharing my thoughts on TRUTH Social and to fight back against Big Tech. Everyone asks me why doesn't someone stand up to Big Tech? Well, we will soon!"
Give me your groypers, your QAnons, your unvaccinated Oath Keepers yearning to breathe free, the wretched Nazis banned from your teeming shores!
Behold the pitch deck for Trump Media & Technology Group, a "Mission Driven Organization" which will "fight for the First Amendment protections and freedoms of all Americans, protect democracy, and defend capitalism."
When it comes to graphics, no expense has been spared.
They've done the research, and they know that 230 years of American media has been leading up to this very moment.
The country is dangerously polarized, so obviously it is time to MAKE BANK by fracturing it even more.
Of course the US population went from 100 million in the 1980s to 200 million in the 1990s, and if you didn't know that, you're a fool. But seriously, in short, it's ridiculous. It's 22 pages of crappy graphics announcing the launch of a knockoff Twitter site called "Truth" and a streaming service that will cater to your burning need for "'non-woke' entertainment programming, news, podcasts, and more." This will apparently including manly sports like boxing and sumo wrestling. (Props to the artist who included the ass shot of obese wrestler in a purple thong.)
Trump's mommyblog gets a few thousand hits a day, and yet this goob is still promising to bring 146 million followers with him to the platform – the total number of followers he had on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram put together before he got booted for that whole fomenting insurrection business.
Also, he's going to take on Netflix, CNN, Disney+, iHeart Media, and, oh, hell, why not Google, Amazon, Stripe, and Azure, too. Which only makes sense for a company that's seeking investors and values itself at $1.7 billion based on an incoherent slide show.
As is so often the case with Trump, he stumbled ass backward into the project and managed to land in pigshit — digitally, if not literally. In the most charitable interpretation of last night's debacle, a beta test version of the site prematurely ejaculated into existence and was instantly overrun by trolls. The handles for "donaldtrump," "donaldjtrump," and "mike pence" were immediately claimed, with someone posting an image of a pig defecating onto its own swollen scrotum in the former president's name.
@MikaelThalen The "donaldjtrump" account of Trump's TRUTH Social has already been hacked. https://t.co/LDQ5w24tcV— Drew Harwell (@Drew Harwell) 1634785785.0
Within a few hours, the site was shut down and the accounts deactivated. So much for "building a 'non-cancellable' global community."
And speaking of barnyard excretions, the terms of service for this unique and wonderful platform rather undercut the freewheeling promises of the pitch. In addition to hoovering up user data like literally every other platform on earth, the site bans spam and bots, bars users from using the site to market their own businesses, and enjoins "unauthorized framing of or linking to the Site," whatever the hell that may be.
And no weird capital letters — those are all for Donald Trump!
As a user of the Site, you agree not to ... upload or transmit (or attempt to upload or to transmit) viruses, Trojan horses, or other material, including excessive use of capital letters and spamming (continuous posting of repetitive text), that interferes with any party's uninterrupted use and enjoyment of the Site or modifies, impairs, disrupts, alters, or interferes with the use, features, functions, operation, or maintenance of the Site.
The site gets to do cancel cultures to you at will, of course, including deleting your account if you "disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site." So, if you criticize Trump, the Trump Organization, or this low rent Twitter knockoff site, or if you point out that this whole venture is a pathetic joke, you'll get the boot. Which is fascism when Twitter does it, but totes cool when the mods are on the Red Team.
Over at GETTR, Trump's former campaign manager is delighted. "Congratulations to President Trump for re-entering the social media fray! Now Facebook and Twitter will lose even more market share," he said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Which was more gracious than what he got from his former patron. As the Daily Beast's Will Sommer noted, buried in one of Trump's amazing pitch slides was an odd little Easter egg.
Did these passive aggressive assholes just subtweet a competing platform by superimposing the Chinese flag onto it, a none-too-subtle reference to GETTR's relationship with fugitive Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui?
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Megs is also shilling her new book that we won’t name.
John McCain's secret daughter Meghan McCain has gone on an extended whine tour about her recent departure from "The View." She insists that Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, both of whom still have jobs, were mean and abusive to her, which is how a deluded narcissist would describe her reign of terror on the show. Goldberg is the senior host and moderator, but the Duchess of Arizona was offended that Goldberg would sometimes cut her off mid-tirade when they needed to go to commercial or just spare the country more of her entitled bullshit.
Megs accuses Goldberg and Behar of “toxic, direct and purposeful hostility," co-opting all that “woke" victim rhetoric that conservatives normally deride. McCain is an asshole. This is evident in every episode of "The View" she tainted, and no matter your personal kink, no one likes assholes that won't shut up. It's unsettling.
We weren't interested in devoting further attention to this drama queen, but her interview last night with Sean Hannity was so absurd we thought we'd share. Then we promise NO MORE MEGS unless she's on fire.
McCain whined some more about her former coworkers, who are happier now that she's finally gone. She apparently believes that she was the Beyoncé of "The View" and everyone resented her because how successful she made the series through the sheer power of her obnoxiousness. She contends that she had a sisterhood of traveling fascists at Fox News who helped her, and that is what feminism (?) looks like.
MCCAIN: I know what women supporting women looks like because I had it when I worked at Fox News.
Fox News was a cesspool of sexual harassment during McCain's tenure on the network. She also left shortly after Donald Trump officially squatted at the White House and she's lying if she thinks her “sisters" would've protected her if she'd criticized Trump on air. Trump loathes and frequently attacked Senator John McCain, who is Megs' sole claim to fame.
McCain ludicrously suggested she was the one true Republican co-host in the history of “The View," and her less annoying predecessors were “so-called Republican women who claimed to be Republican but aren't in my opinion." Her opinion is bullshit. The women she's dismissing as fake Scotsmen include Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Candace Cameron Bure, and Nicolle Wallace. The GOP had no platform in 2020 other than devotion to Donald Trump, whom McCain hates, so she's hardly qualified as a Republican gatekeeper.
Hannity asked McCain about her father's 2018 funeral and how his 2008 running mate Sarah Palin was pointedly not on the guest list. (Palin criticized the McCain family for the snub.) However, now Megs is apparently Team Palin. Weird that McCain would suddenly sympathize with the same woman who jumped on the Trump train during the pre-boarding for crazies.
MCCAIN: I have a whole new lens of viewing how Sarah Palin was treated and how the people working for my father's campaign really, in my opinion, treated her horribly and set her up for failure.
Lady, please explain how McCain campaign staffers managed to go back in time and prevent Palin from ever reading a single book in her life.
McCain rambled like a common Palin about how Katie Couric helped make “Ruth Bader Ginsburg look good" but she put Palin in a position to look bad when she mercilessly grilled her like a second grade teacher asking a student questions about their book report.
MCCAIN: Nicolle Wallace was the one who facilitated that interview who now has a show on MSNBC.
That's it. That's her point. Wallace sabotaged Palin by leaving her alone in a room with Katie Couric. The liberal media would reward her with a talk show a decade later.
Then, as Hannity's producers started playing the “get off the stage" music from an award show, McCain shared some final deep thoughts:
MCCAIN: As I've gotten older, I fell in love with a deeply conservative man who runs The Federalist. It's like the old adage: If you're not a liberal when you're young, you don't have a heart. If you're not a conservative when you're old, you don't have a brain. I just hope the culture has some redemption for Sarah Palin in the same way that we have for so many other women right now.
Wow. How will "The View" manage without this talentless hack?
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Under no circumstances, should you buy this fraud’s new book.
You probably recall the basic details from the 2006 Connecticut Senate race. Incumbent Democrat Joe Lieberman lost his primary race to an actual liberal, Ned Lamont. Lieberman had voted for the disastrous Iraq War, which he still supported, but many had. To stand out, he sucked on a variety of other issues, including his opposition to affirmative action and openness to privatizing Social Security. The state was steadily shifting to the left since Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in 1992. Lieberman was no longer the best fit, and Democratic primary voters agreed.
However, Lieberman wouldn't accept the voters' decision. He started his own "political party," the humbly titled Conneecticut for Lieberman, and narrowly defeated Lamont and Republican Alan Schlesinger. Lieberman's successful spoiler campaign is why we don't have a public option.
Lieberman has a new book out called “The Centrist Solution," which I presume explains why wanting a better book isn't realistic. He reveals in an interview with The Hartford Courant how he pulled off his surprise comeback with a little help from his fiend, Karl Rove.
It all started on the afternoon of the August 2006 primary when Lieberman was sitting with his family in the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford — just hours before Lieberman lost to Lamont. The phone rang, and the family was stunned to learn that Rove was on the line.
Lieberman told Rove that the race could go either way.
"That's what we have heard," Lieberman quoted Rove as saying in "The Centrist Solution," a book scheduled to be released Tuesday. "And that's why the 'Boss' asked me to call you and tell you that if you don't win today, he hopes you stay in as an independent. He thinks the country needs you in the Senate and knows that the political problems you are having are because you have stayed strong on the war in Iraq. So, he wanted me to tell you that if you lose today and run in November, we will help you in any way we can."
This was all so generous of President George W. Bush! Lieberman was the load on the Democratic ticket in 2000 that lost to Bush, courtesy of the Supreme Court. Most people might not trust anyone involved in the judicial heist of a presidential election, but Senator Droopy Dog was all ears.
Republicans went so far as to tank their own candidate on Lieberman's behalf. Then-Senator Elizabeth Dole from North Carolina, who was chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, reportedly “proudly" told Lieberman that she'd steered funds away from Schlesinger. Rove also sent major GOP donors to Lieberman's campaign.
This might seem like a strategic error considering that Republicans got crushed in the 2006 midterms, losing six seats in the Senate and turning control over to the Democrats. If Schlesinger had won, Republicans would've had 50 seats with then-Vice President Dick Cheney providing the tie-breaking vote. However, John Kerry carried Connecticut by 10 points in 2004. Schlesinger was sure to lose as an actual Republican, so why not ensure that the next best thing wins the election?
During the 2006 Senate primary race, Lieberman claimed, "I want Democrats to be back in the majority in Washington and elect a Democratic president in 2008." A year later, he'd endorsed his buddy John McCain over his party's first Black presidential nominee. Imagine Paul Ryan endorsing Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden and actively campaigning with them. Lieberman's heel turn after his phone call with Rove was swift.
"That call on primary day was really surprising to me," Lieberman said in an interview. "It did help, and it showed on Election Day. I got a stunning vote among Republicans in Connecticut in the exit poll. I got a solid majority of independents and about a third of Democrats. I'm grateful."
Lieberman's enthusiasm for winning with a Republican's coalition reminds me of Republicans' new BFF Kyrsten Sinema. Arizona is trending Democratic just like Connecticut 30 years ago. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might rightly conclude that a Trumpified, MAGA loon might lose statewide but a Democrat in his pocket is a fair consolation prize.
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