After taking heat a few months back for a few overly sexualized panels, it looks like DC Comics is under fire again for for putting too much hanky panky in the funny books. This time it’s via the ever fair and balanced newsies at FOX News. An affiliate in Washington D. C. recently ran an overly sensationalized story about the edgey make-over the company gave its line, complete with nauseatingly cheesey sound bites.
“Today’s comic superheroes would make Archie and Veronica blush,” said reporter Sherry Ly in the voice over that kicked off the story, meant to put the fear into parents everywhere. Fingering the new sex-kitten version of Starfire and that one time Batman and Catwoman did it on a rooftop as examples of graphic sex being exposed toyoung minds. Oh don’t get me wrong, she also flashed through a few panels to highlight the dark violent scenes depicted in the books.
Ly then takes to the street to find a clip of the everyman style, “They more or less darkened the characters up. Today, they introduce a lot more reality into it like homosexuality, adultery, all that stuff. It’s in the books now.” To make this really stick, you’re going to need a child psychologist, right?
Enter Neil Bernstein. “It’s sort of like fictionalized Playboy for kids at its worst,” he said. “It’s a misrepresentation of reality. It sends the wrong message.” Oh my stars! “I think too many kids would be put in harm’s way or at risk” he adds.
Won’t someone please think of the children?
To cap off the story and make sure parents everywhere know their kids are at risk, the reporter then takes the news van to a school, and starts exposing children to the comic books in question. Yes that’s right, she does a story about the risks of kids getting exposed to these comics and then goes and exposes kids that aren’t suppose to be reading the books anyway since they are clearly marked for teen and up. Something she even points out.
Welcome to ‘Seduction of the Innocent: Part 2, the boobening’. I know I might sound a little less fair and or balanced myself here, but I hate this type of journalism. Yes, when DC launched the new 52 they did spice it up a little, hell I even pointed out that I thought it was a bit blatant if not gratuitous in places. I did enjoy when Bernstein questions the ads in the comics for things like milk and LEGO’s, clearly put there to entice children to decadent and depraved lifestyles. Yes, lure them in with the running shoe ads, kids love running shoes.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the whole thing comes off as senseless fear mongering. Yes, you don’t want kids being exposed to improper material at the wrong age. We also don’t want people in general being exposed to the irresponsible journalism like this. As a life long reader of comic books I found this news story to be lacking, as a father I found it insulting. The books are marketed towards an older age, there are books (like Tiny Titans, which is still awesome btw) geared to the younger demos.
You can see the report for yourself after the jump, but I warn you… if a child sees this, they might turn into a serial killer, or worse a FOX news employee.