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The 4 Big Lies That Ruined The X-Men Movie Franchise

Reactionary ideology dragged down The Wolverine as it did the previous films in the series.

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John Boot

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March 29, 2014 - 4:00 pm
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Editor’s Note: This article was first published in in July of 2013 as “How 4 Loony Leftist Lies Ruined the X-Men Movies.” It is being reprinted as part of a new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle collecting and organizing the top 50 best lists. Where will this great piece end up on the list? Reader feedback will be factored in when the PJ Lifestyle Top 50 List Collection is completed in a few months… Click here to see the top 25 so far and to advocate for your favorites in the comments.

Six movies into the X-Men series, it’s clear that this is the superhero franchise with the most overt and unapologetic leftist sympathies. As the series continues with The Wolverine, let’s review some of the most outrageously politicized elements of the saga. Here are the top four loony leftist lies that sneaked into the X-Men movies.

1. Animal rights trump human rights.

The Wolverine begins with the title figure (Hugh Jackman) living like a caveman in the lonely Yukon, where he can’t stop himself from fighting for justice and righting wrongs. He comes across a grizzly bear that’s been fatally wounded with what turns out to be a poison arrow. This kind of hunting may be poor sportsmanship and it may be illegal, but what Wolverine does is far worse: He finds the hunter in a bar, slaps him around and rams one of the man’s own poison arrows into the man’s hand, leaving him to die. Rough justice? No, that’s just murder. Sorry, X-Men, but hunters are not evil and a bear’s life and a man’s are not equivalents.

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Meh. I didn't enjoy the X-men movies because of a different reason. The bad guys in the film are all non-mutants, which translates to normal people, which is what most movie watchers are; normal.

Most people when watching fantasy movies want to relate to the protaganists. However, I have an aversion to this fad of victimhood that is being force fed to us by popular media. So I refuse to relate to the, "woe is me, I'm super powerful but ugly and not loved by everyone" crap that is in the X-men movies.
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I thought The Wolverine was fantastic. That said, you make some good points. However:
1: Wolverine was clearly not in his right mind, and clearly had a deep relationship with the bear. He didn't leave the guy who shot the bear to die. The hunter was in town. There would be medical care available. All the hunter had to do was admit what he had done to the bear to medical personnel and he'd be fine.
2: I agree with you on this one. I don't know of any gays who are being threatened with being rounded up into reeducation camps or marched into ovens, so the parallels are just not there today.
3: As somebody pointed out below, waif-fu is ridiculous, but entertaining. It's liberal propaganda. I'd much rather see women with white belts in Glock-fu winning over trained ninjas; it's more true-to-life.
4: You're right about this. Not all Republicans are evil. Liberalism hurts many more people and keeps them from fiscal success and in the bonds of race-centered poverty than any Republican policy.
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Glock-fu - the ultimate martial art...
12 weeks ago
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Almost OT...
Hobbes: "Is Amazon Girl's super power the ability to squeeze that figure into that suit?"
http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1992/07/22
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Strong comic-book women don't bother me. It's a comic book -- they can do anything in a comic book. You can have a super-dog named Krypto who is smarter than most Ph.Ds. You can have a man who can, literally, move a planet and fly through outer space where his blood should boil. You can have a superhero who is, literally, on fire but not consumed by it, and with no extra fuel for him to burn.

Having a super-woman who is stronger than a super-man seems to be no big deal in comparison. In "The Wolverine", she may have no "super power", so to speak, but the idea that a small woman can have sufficient knowledge and skill to lick a man twice her size and a dozen times stronger is still not that much of a leap, in a universe where a boy can turn into a ball of frost and hurl ice at you (where does all that water come from, anyway? Let alone the freezing temperatures).

What gripes me are the cop series on TV -- supposedly, grounded in reality and physics -- wherein, routinely, a woman who looks more like a super-model than a super-woman routinely fights men twice her size and invariably wins. They don't even break a nail. Kate on "Castle" and Lisbon on "The Mentalist" are two such. Sending the wrong message to young people, I'd say.

Worse, I'd say, is when the series lets the woman be the brains, and the woman be the brawn as well, leaving the men to do nothing but stand around and be outsmarted and protected. When it became clear to me that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was taking that tack, I opted out.

Some of this is for pandering to feminist egos. The rest of it is for tickling male prurience. My concern is that boys are already being undervalued. Best not that they be taught to undervalue themselves.
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Should add: the most impressive "Cops" show I ever watched was when a Denver policeman chased a suspect through a residential neighborhood and cornered him between a couple of houses. Both the cop and the perp were big men -- both about 6'4", the perp probably a wiry 220 pounds, the cop probably closer to 260, with a huge neck and a chiseled physique with bulging muscles.

When the perp could run no longer, he attacked the cop. It was a tough fight, but a short one. Both men looked very, very tough, and the fists were flying in earnest. You could hear the hard, meaty smacks of knuckle against flesh. The cop was going to win, though -- you could tell that in about five seconds. The perp started looking for a way out and tried to run, but the cop was too quick and had him cuffed in no time.

In a comic book, or on a TV drama, a woman could have done what that cop did, done it faster, not broken a sweat, and had time to flip her hair in front of the camera.

In the real world, I'm guessing there might be a woman cop, somewhere, who could have done that for real. But I wouldn't lay any bets that we'd find one in our first hundred auditions. In real life, she would have had to pull her gun and shoot the perp. But young people are being taught that a woman would have been able to do what that cop did.
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"3. Women are as strong as men."
Oh come on "Waif Fo" is rampant in all films and TV. We've been watching spy women throw around special forces trained bodyguards forever. It isn't only the "X-men" franchise. "Chicks in Chain Mail" is an old fantasy sub genre.
17 weeks ago
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One point about "macho women:" Such a character virtually never manifests in reality -- but that's a great part of what makes such a character an attractive protagonist. Fiction, especially SF and fantasy, is about the unusual, the outside-the-norm, the exceptional. And a woman who could take on the typical big, tough male protagonist on equal terms certainly would be exceptional!
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While there's a couple of good points here, I'm going to have to call out the bit about the samurai sword.

A three year old child could pick up a katana, it weighs all of 2 and a half or three pounds. It's not a sledgehammer.

And wielding a katana is less about strength and more about technique. There's absolutely no reason that a small woman with sufficient training couldn't hold their own with this kind of sword.

Strength adds some energy to the blow, but the katana is a slicing weapon, technique wins over strength in that particular case.
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Also, just as a comparison, a colt 1911a1 handgun weighs pretty much the same as a katana.

Are you going to argue that your hypothetical woman is utterly unable to wield that handgun, but a man can, because it's impossible for a woman to lift three pounds?

If you're going to argue against the abilities of people in an imaginary comic book universe, you're going to have to be more consistent about comparing that to what might actually be possible in the real world.

I've studied Iaido and Kendo, and I can guarantee, from experience, that both women and smaller men are more than capable of competing equally with larger opponents.

It's not about bludgeoning someone with a heavy piece of metal.

It's about skill with a particular tool.

Or, maybe, your next comment will be that only Arnold Schwartzenegger can use a reciprocating saw.

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A good big fighter will almost always beat a good small fighter. Rhonda Rousey is one tough woman. At 135 pounds, she could kick the tar out of all 210 pounds of me. Let's see her work that same magic on Bones Jones.

And most well-developed men are bigger than most well-developed women.

I would even question whether Rousey could whip, say, an untrained fighter but a trained male athlete such as, say, an NFL offensive lineman. No he's not trained in arm bars, but let's just say he can shove 135 pounds with one hand a lot further than she can shove 330 pounds, and he's probably just as quick.
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The X-Men comics were inspired by the civil rights movement. The gay director brian Singer hijacked that message to make it about gays.
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A sword is not a farmer's axe (to abuse a Japanese saying slightly), though broadly speaking it never hurts to have more strength as a combatant. It's just overstating the point somewhat. But hey, it's a lifestyle article.
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Even the most basic hunter understands that you do not leave a wounded animal to suffer. IIRC the agonized bear had come upon some campers, who it had attacked.
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