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Thanos Creator Jim Starlin 'Violated' by Trump Tweet

Thanos Creator Jim Starlin 'Violated' by Trump Tweet
YouTube screenshot of Thanos in the trailer for Infinity War.

It’s a tale as old as time, or at least it feels like it: Trump (or somebody associated with Trump) tweets a silly meme, it goes viral, libs all lose their minds, and somebody associated with a piece of pop culture used in the meme then runs to the press to make sure everybody knows he hates Trump.

Yesterday the “Trump War Room,” a Twitter account that’s managed by his 2020 campaign, tweeted out this meme:

Now, does it make sense for the presidential campaign of a sitting POTUS to tweet a meme depicting him as a comic-book villain who wiped out half the universe with a snap of his fingers? Maybe not. But it’s not hurting anybody. It’s harmless. Speaking as a cuck RINO traitor who probably wanted Hillary to win, I thought it was actually kinda funny. So did anybody who has ever hit the Mute button when Pelosi is talking. If you don’t like the joke, that’s fine. But it’s a joke. That’s all it is.

Unless you’re the guy who actually created Thanos. (No, not Stan Lee, although Stan the Man would’ve wanted you to think so.) He’s a writer and artist named Jim Starlin, and he is not amused. Yesterday he gave the following statement to Aaron Couch at The Hollywood Reporter:

“After my initial feeling of being violated, seeing that pompous fool using my creation to stroke his infantile ego, it finally struck me that the leader of my country and the free world actually enjoys comparing himself to a mass murderer,” Starlin said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “How sick is that? These are sad and strange times we are going through. Fortunately, all things, even national nightmares, eventually come to an end.”

Maybe Starlin is still mad because when the “real” Thanos snapped his fingers, Starlin was one of the trillions of sentient beings across the universe who got dusted.

At least he took it better than CNN’s Don Lemon:

Jeez, Don, calm down. You’re getting what you want. Trump is being impeached. Why are you so angry about it?

Trump is defiant. He doesn’t listen to anybody and he doesn’t apologize. That’s his brand. That’s why so many people love him. Libs insist on painting him as a super-villain? Fine, then, he’s the biggest villain in cinematic history. So there.

I’m not the biggest fan of it either, but unlike Don Lemon et al., at least I’m not pretending it’s still 2015 and we haven’t watched this scenario play out a hundred times before.

If the Dems don’t wise up and change tactics right now, they’re going to lose in 2020. And they’ll deserve to lose. Spewing righteous indignation every time Trump provokes them is only playing into his hands. It rallies the troops in MAGA Land. It makes them want to #OwnTheLibs. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” That’s straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

Dems might not like the game, but they’re playing it whether they realize it or not. And they’re losing. It is… inevitable.