Fictional Protesters Take Issue with Fictional Comic-Con

Fictional Protesters Take Issue with Fictional Comic-Con

Based on actual protests.
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Comic-Con in San Diego was nearly shut down this weekend by a mob protesting the creative license mainstream authors have been taking with their own intellectual property. Protesters took issue with the “forced diversity” they say has resulted from minority interests’ pressuring the authors into needlessly changing trademark characters.

Recent changes include traditionally male characters, such as Thor, the Norse god of thunder, taking on a female incarnation. Fan opinion has been mixed.

“They changed it. Now it sucks,” says thirty-three year-old Comic-Con veteran Paul Owens. “Thor was always a dude. How am I supposed to relate to some Viking chick swinging a hammer that shoots lightning? I just can’t.”

Other changes, like the addition of a half-black, half-Latino Spiderman to the Marvel roster, have drawn accusations of pandering.

“They only did it so they could make money,” argues Bailey Stewart, supporting the cause with her “Peter Parker is Alive!” T-shirt. “They don’t need two Spidermans. What about all the history behind the Parker saga? It’s not like they haven’t been able to keep it relevant.”

To maintain or not to maintain the status quo has been long a heated subject in online superhero forums. Moderators for discussion-thread-based websites like Reddit and TV Tropes actively discourage “flame wars” and shut down threads when the comments become too inflamed.

Harder to suppress are the voices and opinions of irate protesters willing to make their grievances public. At Comic-Con, for the most part, protesters were peaceful, while at the same time, barricading entrances to the venue.

After several hours of the blockade, the growing crowd of ticketholders managed to force their way past, some brandishing Dollar Store their laser weapons while others wielded far more menacing and pointedly authentic katana. A few of the protesters, holding their own model weapons with varying degrees of realism, swung at the ticketholders, who passing by, sustained minor injuries.

“I mean, grow up!” cries an exasperated Darth Vader. The cybernetic Sith Lord held his cracked helmet in one hand, waving frantically with the other. “This stuff isn’t worth anybody getting hurt over. Who cares whether Spiderman is black?”

“They’re crazy,” says Luke Skywalker in agreement. (The two attendees asked they be named as their characters, both for privacy and for comedic purposes.)

At the heart of this divide between protesters and attendees lies the fundamental question: what difference do these changes make in the lives of comic book fans?

“I understand that people are upset,” says Charles Liven, bow and quiver slung across his shoulder. “And that’s their right. It’s when people get carried away and start breaking things and making a scene that it gets to be a problem.”

Sci-fi fans normally agree to disagree, but problems of race and gender strike a nerve for fans who want political discourse about their fantasy kept silent—on both sides of the comic aisle.

But I think we can all agree that the world would be a much better place if everyone took a moment to appreciate having Comic-Con in their lives and all the superhero-related joys it brings. Because not everyone lives in a country that has Comic-Con.

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

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Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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