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The Mandarin

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Subj: Re: Is Doctor Doom problematic?
Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 at 09:28:06 am EDT (Viewed 70 times)
Reply Subj: Is Doctor Doom problematic?
Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 at 05:10:35 am EDT (Viewed 128 times)



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    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.



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



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    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.



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    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.



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    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 Combined with his general contempt for democracy, it screams of outdated Eastern European stereotypes.


I think one accepts those things to an extent as being artifacts of another time. However, most characters in comics are archetypes or generalities. Some more acceptable than others.

I always liked Doom and the sense of honor that he has.




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