Superman Protects Undocumented Workers

Superman Protects Undocumented Workers

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Superman Protects Undocumented Workers refers to a controversy surrounding an issue of Action Comics, in which Superman guards several undocumented workers from gunfire from a white man who accused them of taking his job.


On September 13th, 2017, DC Comics released issue #987 of Action Comics. In the issue, Superman protects a group of undocumented workers from an armed, white gunman, accusing them of taking his job (shown below). Superman then intimidates the gunman and says, "The only person responsible for the blackness smothering your soul is you."

Superman original comic that was used in superman Protects Workers memes - illustration of Superman body blocking bullets from hitting immigrants ending panel of Superman Protects Undocumented Workers meme - with shooter blaming all his problems on them and Superman, who instructs the police to protect those people, flys away


That day, the Hollywood Reporter[1] published an article on the comic, referring to the gunman as a white supremacist. The publication also notes that the comic comes a week after President Donald Trump made a series of controversial comments about deporting DACA recipients, who were brought to the United States as children but do not have documentation.

Shortly after, Fox News [2] published an op-ed entitled "Superman defends illegals against angry American." In the article, the author describes Superman as "The Man of Steel has now become a propaganda tool for the defenders of illegal aliens."

On Twitter] people had various opinions about the comic. Some made the argument that Superman, being from Krypton, was an illegal immigrant. Twitter user @ryanbeckwith tweeted, "As an undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. as a child, Superman is technically a Dreamer." The post (shown below, left) received more than 5,700 retweets and 11,000 likes in two days.

Twitter user @ryanbeckwith points out that Superman is an undocumented worker and in theory a DREAMER

More on Twitter continued to argue both sides of the debate on Twitter. Some claimed that the comic book was in keeping with the character, others called the book topical, while others accused the comic of being propaganda (examples below). On September 13th, Twitter[6] published a Moments page on the controversy.

Action Comics #987: The darkness in people bubbling to the surface is sadly very relevant. This feels like Superman vs. 2017. Not weird that Superman, a character who would be eligible for DACA and was created by 2nd gen Jewish immigrants, is not anti- immigrant New Superman comic shows him saving illegal immigrants from a "white supremacist." Hey writers, where was Superman for Kathryn Steinle?

The following day, Redditor [4] mad-liberals posted a photoshopped version of the panels, featuring Superman protecting a group of Pepe the Frogs from Hillary Clinton, on the /r/The_Donald subreddit. The post (shown below) received more than 7,200 points (88% upvoted) and 200 comments.

On September 15th, Redditor[5] NotThoughtOut posted about the comic. They received more than 2,100 points (95% upvoted) and 500 comments in five hours.

new version of Superman Protects undocumented workers in which Superman is protecting Pepe and the shooter looks alot like Hillary Clinton

News Coverage

Several media outlets covered the controversy, including The Hollywood Reporter,[1] Fox News,[2] Vox,[6] Uproxx[7] and more.

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>Implying Superman as a character would even care or choose who to protect from being killed based on political views
>Implying that anything about Superman saving someone from gunfire and then nagging the shooter is out of character at all
>"white supremacists" (and just race as a whole) mentioned by everyone except the actual comic

I agree that this has an obvious liberal undertone, but it is also as Superman as it gets, not unlike Captain America condemning communists for being communists.

Let me guess: next controversy will be about Batman being a racist because most of the people he fights on the Arkham games happen to be black thugs, so let us label Batman imagery as a tool of the alt-right to push white supremacy.

Go home, US media and Twitter, you are drunk.


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