Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
He was loved.

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Spider-Hulk

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Evil Antler God

Subj: Re: Peter & Lily will never work
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 03:01:44 pm EDT (Viewed 134 times)
Reply Subj: Peter & Lily will never work
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 12:32:28 am EDT (Viewed 164 times)


Ok, well for one thing, I've only recently noticed that Lily actually is black. It was not something I've given great thought to. I will hold my hands up and be honest in as much as, I didn't notice the surrounding characters because lately my entire focus when reading the comic has been on Peter exclusively.

Being honest, I don't really think mixed race romances are a good idea... and that is not a conclusion I came to out of nowhere, I have reason for thinking that. To me the reasons are valid, but somebody else might find them positively laughable.

Having said that... I won't complain to Marvel about a Peter/Lily romance because for one, its a piece of fiction and it happens in real life all the time, and for two, everybody knows that Gwen Stacy is Peter's TRUE love anyway lol. Should it be mentioned in the comic? Well they probably needn't bother to talk about it, or treat it as an "issue" because she's with Harry now, and nothing has been said, so why do it with Peter, no need at all IMO.

As far as writing it off as a failure before its even begun... give it a chance first and then decide.


> If they actually do pull the trigger on a Peter/Lily romance, it will never work from a press standpoint.
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> 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."
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> 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).
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> 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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