Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Peter & Lily will never work
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 01:24:26 am EDT
Reply Subj: Peter & Lily will never work
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 12:32:28 am EDT (Viewed 163 times)

I kind of agree with you that the way Lily's race has been portrayed has had some problems, but I don't think that's why fans will complain. (And if a few readers think an interracial relationship is "too PC", I don't care what those readers think and Marvel shouldn't either.)

Fans will complain because Lily's not MJ. And they want Peter/MJ. Or at least an end to what they feel are boring dating stories that have been done in Spidey for ages.

And while I'd agree with them, at least an interracial relationship would be something new for Spidey...

FYI: Post edited because I was misremembering OMD. I got Carlie (who we first see Harry with) confused with Lily. So I take back everything I said about the art not making it clear Lily's biracial. And while I'd like to see the writers touch on Lily's race more, maybe tell us what it's like for her being biracial... it I think it's okay they don't.

> If they actually do pull the trigger on a Peter/Lily romance, it will never work from a press standpoint.
> As someone who's taken courses in "African Literature" and "Black Cinema" in college, I can see that some comic fans will reject the pairing as being "an attempt at being overly politically correct."
> Meanwhile, there will be people who will complain to the press (assuming the media picks up on the story) that Lily is too lightskinned or that she is betraying her black heritage by dying and straightening her hair (Maya Angelou famously has decried black women who do not have some form of afro, or "natural style" as she calls it).
> A Peter/Lily romance would not end well in the media. I know a lot of fans were critical of Howard Mackie portraying Randy Robertson as a "Rastafarian Yuppie," but that was probably a more positive portrayal of the modern African-American (succesful and upwardly mobile) than the ditzy, out of touch with her heritage Lily is.

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