Dr. Jordan B. Peterson– a Canadian clinical psychologist and a popular conservative voice amongst American teens– has recently made his way to the pages of American superhero comic books, appearing as the Nazi psychopathic supervillain known as the Red Skull.
The popular social-justice activist turned Marvel comics writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, has recently included Dr. Jordan Peterson as the Nazi nemisis of Captain America– the Red Skull. Traditionally, in Marvel comics, the Red Skull– Johann Schmidt– is portrayed as a ruthless officer in the Nazi’s Waffen-SS and the leader of the National Socialist terrorist group HYDRA. However, in Ta-Nehisi’s most recent portrayal of the fan-favorite supervillain, the Red Skull is shown as a clinical psychologist & professor turned conservative political pundit: allegedly a reference to Jordan Peterson.
Dr. Peterson– the author of popular books like 12 Rules for Life and Beyond Order– realized Ta’Nehisi’s creative choice after reading the comic book “All Die Young: Part IX.” Dr. Peterson commented on the decision to portray him as the Red Skull, saying, “Do I really live in a universe where Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a Captain America comic featuring a parody of my ideas as part of the philosophy of the arch-villain Red Skull?”
The comic book features a storyline following Schmidt’s (The Red Skull) online lecture series discussing the “Ten Rules for life” and “Chaos & Order,” both clear references to Peterson’s authored works, 12 Rules for Life and Beyond Order. The plot follows the Nazi sycophantic supervillain as he seeks to “use chaos to his advantage during a bomb scare.” Following this, Peterson tweeted “what the hell,” responding to his portrayal in the comic book.
The author, Ta Nehisi Coates, has, however, repeatedly denied accusations claiming that he had attempted to portray Peterson as a “white supremacist,” “trans-phobic,” or “Nazi-sympathizer” in the Captain America comic and his previous works. Additionally, Marvel comics editors Tom Brevoort and C.B. Cebulski have both been accused of ‘turning Marvel’s house of ideas’ into a home for left-wing activists.’
As a result of this recent inclusion, many conservatives have expressed frustration with Marvel Comics, accusing the publishers of trying to portray their ideas as ‘villainous’ and ‘Nazist.’ However, many supporters of this creative decision by Coates and Marvel Comics have argued that such an inclusion was not meant to portray Peterson or his supporters as villains. Instead, they insist, that the inclusion was merely a tool for helping readers visualize the villain better by drawing connections to a current public figure. Nonetheless, the decision has proved to be controversial.
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