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Alexandre Juliao

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The Mandarin

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Subj: Re: Is Doctor Doom problematic?
Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 at 03:42:07 pm EDT (Viewed 150 times)
Reply Subj: Is Doctor Doom problematic?
Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 at 05:10:35 am EDT (Viewed 180 times)

    He started out as a "Gypsy", and his family was dirt poor and his mother a witch. That right there is problematic because it feeds into the stereotype that Roma are trash eastern mystics.

    In some versions of his origin, he then spends his youth, in part, stealing, a "gypsy" thief.

    Even in versions that don't include stealing, he spends his youth as a terrorist. And since Roma are originally from the same part of the world as Indians and Pakistani, this is problematic.

    He is from Eastern Europe and of more purely Eastern blood, and is constantly on about honor. Portraying Easterners as all about "honor", and "honor" being treated as a barbaric form of morality compared to Western morality is an old, problematic trope, and Doom is steeped in it.

    Finally he's dressed in armor that evokes a Soviet design, with all its little rivets and grey steel. Combined with his general contempt for democracy, it screams of outdated Eastern European stereotypes.

Not really. Marvel has only need to replace "Gypsy" with some fictional ethnic minority and everything is ok. Western Europe has a great abundance of them, so it is a perfectly plausible option.

And his armor is in the medieval style, not Soviet, since like the Mandarin, Victor was never a communist and always had great disdain for the Soviet Union. Latveria is a kind of evil Wakanda in the sense that it is a high tech country that in appearance seems to have stopped in time.

What needs a good dose of retcon, are Tony's Soviet villains. These are really totally anachronistic.

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