So, with all the fuss over Mutantgate and “the M-word” this past week, a few trolls who loathe X-Men fans on the discussion forums I take part in or otherwise lurk at have taken to holding up “ugly” characters as their champions. They’re seemingly under the impression that people who love the X-Men and have taken issue with Remender’s Uncanny Avenger #5 dialogue can be “tripped up” or shown as hypocrites if asked to support a character who isn’t model material.
Here’s Mazikeen. Yeah, she’s not a mutant; not even from Marvel, but as you can see, she’s far from ‘conventionally’ beautiful.
And I adore her. Utterly.
Wait, though; there’s more. You see, in Mike Carey’s Lucifer her disfigurement is healed; literally wiped away. But not by her choice. She’s made ‘beautiful’ and ‘just the same as everyone else’ by having something taken away from her. The person who makes it happen doesn’t realise they’ve done anything wrong; as far as they thought they were helping.
They didn’t understand. Sound familiar?
Mazikeen goes on to proudly continue wearing her trademark half mask, covering up her newly ‘restored’ face because it does not represent who and what she is. She’s a world of amazing for a whole host of other reasons too, as if that wasn’t enough. You should read Carey’s Lucifer and see for yourself.
What am I trying to say to the trolls? Well, I guess it’s this:
The people you’re trying to “school” on what it really means to be different? They know. They know far better than you might believe. Even better than you? Well, we’re not the ones hiding under a blanket of anonymity, are we now?