In this real life edition of “Whoops, you tried it”, Marvel is seeking disciplinary action for an artist that added some rather controversial messages into X-Men.
X-Men has been around for a long time. And also has had no shortage of its own political statements. However, this particular statement in the first issue of the reboot, X-Men Gold, has some readers in an outrage.
Artist Adrian Syaf is a freelance artist. He has been drawing comics for Marvel and a few other companies since 2007. He is also a citizen of Indonesia. That will be an important detail here shortly.
So backstory for all those who don’t know. Tensions are at an all time high in Indonesia due to the first Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, being up for re-election this year. This has been the first Christian governor in Jakarta in over 50 years. Some of the drawings in the comic were drawn in a way to oppose Mr. Basuki, but also had some anti-Semitic messages in it. Indonesia residents quickly took to Reddit and other social media to point out the issues.
In the above panels, Colossus can be seen wearing a shirt that says QS 5:51. It was brought to light that this is actually a verse in the Quran that has been used to say that Christians and Jews cannot be trusted.
In another panel, the number ‘212’ is shown on a store front. This was allegedly in reference to an anti-Basuki protest that occurred last December.
One of the most overt anti-Semitic panels shows Kitty Pryde standing in front of a jewelry store in such a way that the letters spell J-E-W next to her head.
Marvel released a statement upon learning the meaning behind the drawings. “These implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors, or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition to the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the X-Men have stood for since their creation. This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken.”
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