Now we know the rules, so let's get started: The Justice League It's unusual for an elite group of whites to be racist, but the Justice League had some problems with it. For starters, even their space aliens were Aryan. When Hanna Barbera adapted them into a cartoon in the '70s , animators had to invent four ethnic members just so they wouldn't burn through their supply of "flesh" paint in the first season.
If you're not familiar, the racial heroes added to the Super Friends were: A Native American named Apache Chief who wasn't either of those things. A Japanese guy named Samurai who wasn't that. Black Vulcan, who actually was one of those. A Mexican named El Dorado, which wasn't where he lived.
Apache, Samurai, Black, and El were conceived with the best of intentions-- making money off ethnic children, but they ended up being half-naked idiots acting out half-remembered cultural stereotypes.
So I guess I'm only making the case that they are as bad as a Dane Cook set. Let's see if I can find instances of Justice League members being more objectively offensive. Continue Reading Below Advertisement Batman as a character gets redefined several times a generation. He's a tortured loner, a campy joke, a barking sadist, and you'll love him as a cranky 9-year-old this fall on Fox! However, the one trait he always has across all media and reboots is his refusal to take a human life. Well, that Batlaw does not apply to Chinamen.
If you come from the Orient, Batman doesn't care about you until he needs a crash mat or a place to put a massive falling statue. So Batman may have decided to murder a few hundred of their people to clear up any confusion. And speaking of confusion, here's the kind of interaction Batman has with Native Americans: He won't take a human life, but never mind that if you're Chinese.
He's a master of disguise, but if you're an Indian, he'll settle for covering his face in lipstick and borrowing your hat. And most notably, he's the world's greatest detective If Aquaman saw someone from Japan, he screamed racial slurs at them in every dialect of fish. Though he knew some in English too. Aquaman sometimes screamed racist shit for no real reason.
He might have spent too much time speaking with animals on the far left of an evolutionary scale because here he is, by himself, shouting ethnically intolerant slurs at a lake: How about one of their most beloved and respected members? What about the very woman who came from Paradise Island as an ambassador of peace to all mankind? Surely Wonder Woman doesn't have a history of cultural insensitivity!
Surely she was a bastion of purity her entire career! Surely no reader could possibly anticipate the next image being the complete opposite of this buildup! However, she always took it to a weird place. Wonder Woman didn't dismiss her Japanese enemies as inhuman trash-- she zeroed in on specific parts of their culture so she could better mock them while they died.
For example, when she discovered the Japanese had a term called "save face," it opened a whole new arena of trash talk. Green Lantern is a space policeman.
Most of his coworkers and friends are jellyfish or cosmic squirrels, and yet he had no idea what to do when he met a real-life Earth Eskimo. It was such a bizarrely offensive character that when Filmation created a Green Lantern cartoon in the '60s, they replaced him with a blue probably alien boy named Kai Ro.
Hal wasn't as aggressively racist towards him, but their relationship was far from appropriate. Aren't I literally the only sidekick who has ever lived who should never have to do this? Usually it involved writers trying for cute and missing wildly, like the time The Flash ran into a Japanese colleague I'm not forgetting anyone? Continue Reading Below Advertisement You've probably seen that before. Superman never talked like that.
I mean, you don't call someone racist when he owns a coffin that can make his girlfriend black. If he had one cultural kryptonite, it was that he wasn't great with Indians. An evil mogul discovered, through distant Native American ancestry, that he owned all the city's land.
He instantly began extorting the citizens of Metropolis and proudly bragged about it right to Superman's face. It was almost suicidally evil, and here's how Superman handled it: Continue Reading Below Advertisement Superman had any number of option-- everything from diplomacy to super hypnosis to super ventriloquism to punching the evil dick into the sun.
He didn't even have to think about it. He was already jogging through the s before the guy was done with his threat. Say what you want about Aquaman and Wonder Woman shrieking "Jap!