Sam Wilson as Captain America

Fox News Blasts Captain America: Sam Wilson for Being Very Captain America

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Fox News is on a roll today. In another instance of life imitating art, the crew of Fox & Friends ended up reflecting the narrative at the heart of of Captain America: Sam Wilson #1. In that issue, Sam Wilson deals with some very Captain America-like problems: a racist group known as the Sons of the Serpent, who are acting as an armed militia along the U.S./Mexico border. Cap does what Cap does and deals with them.

Of course he also gets blasted by the media (in the comic) as being anti-Constitutional, and anti-American for doing so. They said, “So who is this Serpent? Is this Serpent an Islamic [extremist], an ISIS member bent on destroying Western civilization? No. The Serpent is an American who has misgivings about unlimited immigration and the costs associated with it. That, according to the comic book, is evil.”

Now ask yourself: is that a quote pulled from the comic book or from Fox & Friends? I’ll give you one guess.

Yeah. Right. It was Fox & Friends. According to Comic Book Resources, Tucker Carlson said that exact quote on real life television. That wasn’t from a comic book at all. That’s someone trying to justify a supervillain’s hare-brained scheme to police the border. Let that sink in.

Additionally, Sam struggles with a lot of issues facing American citizens today–police brutality, governmental control over every bit of our lives, the growing grey area of under which S.H.I.E.L.D operates (okay maybe that last one isn’t one we face today, but still). He wants to stand for what Steve Rogers and Captain America stand for: doing what’s right, even if it’s not what the government wants.

So he does what Steve Rogers has done time and again, and says goodbye to S.H.I.E.L.D. and the United States government to stand up for the citizens.

But because it’s Sam Wilson, and because the comic’s dealing with some very real issues, that’s just apparently too much to handle.

(via io9)

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