Marvel's Stan Lee Speaks Out Against Racism And Intolerance In New Video
"The only things we don’t have room for are hatred, intolerance, and bigotry," Lee said.
Stan Lee has always billed Marvel Comics as a reflection of the real world where everyday people and superheroes alike deal with real life problems. Lee
The company is known for advocating for black superheroes like Black Panther, Luke Cage and Storm during a time when doing so could have been commercially risky.
And although it has had its missteps, most recently with the backlash over the Netflix show Iron Fist, one of Marvel's most important figures has released a new video decrying racism and clearly stating that there's no room in Marvel Universe (or the real world) for hatred, discrimination, or bigotry.
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In the video, posted by Lee on Twitter and to Marvel’s YouTube page, Lee reiterated that Marvel's heroic stories “have room for everyone, regardless of their race, gender, religion or color of their skin.”
“The only things we don’t have room for,” Lee continued, “are hatred, intolerance and bigotry. That man next to you — he’s your brother. That woman over there — she’s your sister. And that kid walking by — hey, who knows, he may have the proportionate strength of a spider! We’re all part of one big family — the human family — and we all come together in the body of Marvel.”
Although it isn't entirely clear what prompted the 94-year-old comics book legend to record the message, many in the comments section have praised the video as being timely in the wake of Charlottesville, President Trump's response to the crisis in Puerto Rico and the recent reemergence of white supremacy nationwide.