From Fox News’s Fox News Watch, wherein Rick Folbaum opines on the news of Ultimate Spider-Man having its erstwhile Caucasian hero, Peter Parker, replaced after his death by the half-Black, half-Hispanic Miles Morales:
Isn’t it amazing how good Fox News has gotten at sneaking in a variety of attacks in such short timespans? In just one line, Folbaum has managed to: A) “Otherize” the new Morales, casting him as different because of his ethnicity; B) insinuate that replacing a White character with a non-White character indicates “political correctness” – an “extreme” one, at that! – as if the introduction of dark-skinned superheroes could only indicate an appeal to sensitivity; and C) further insinuating that Morales, again because of his skin color, was somehow exempt from the status of being respectable solely because he replaced a “traditional American hero”, again with racial undertones heavy enough to break a camel’s back. After all, this Morales guy’s one of ’em Darkies; what could he possibly know about being heroic? That’s just for Whiteys, don’t ya know.
As Jason Easley at PoliticusUSA correctly notes:
It wasn’t a radical turn to the left that led to Marvel creating Miles Morales. It was demographics. Fox News doesn’t want to acknowledge this, but America is changing. A half black and half Hispanic character is more reflective of the national population than the assumption that all superheroes must be white. It was business decision on the part of Marvel. Miles Morales can attract new readers to the series. He could bring new marketing opportunists, and who knows maybe even a new movie franchise? Blaming this on political correctness or left is a stretch even for Fox News.
Only the right-wing media could attack a company for recognizing reality for what it is rather than the ideological fantasy Rightists wish it were. Especially over something as silly as a fucking comic book.
Easley concludes that this signifies “a new low” for Fox. I dunno about you, but it seems to be that “sinking to new lows” is something that neoconservative dens like Fox News tend to do with some regularity.