coming out to your parents
If you try for one second to tell me the X-Men isn’t an allegory for the gay rights movement, I will smack you. They weren’t even remotely subtle about this.
The mutants have always been an allegory for anyone that didn’t fit in to society. The folks who drew the comics made a point of that early on.
It’s not just the gay rights movement, its not just kids trying to “come out” to their parents. Its people being mistreated by the government, put away, forced to pretend to be “normal”, systematically oppressed, even killed for who they are because the powers that be cant control it. It’s an allegory for blacks, gays, the disabled (mentally and physically), women, and anyone really who isnt a white man at the top of the food chain.
Seriously guys… Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr are Professor X and Magneto. Legacy virus is HIV. X-men is a flawless comic.
Okay, I do really really love this scene (though it comes from a movie made by some creepy-ass folks, so it’s complicated), HOWEVER:
X-men is not a flawless book (series/category of books/franchise/whatever) by any measure. And, even though I love it as a metaphor for systematic oppression, it is an *exceedingly* flawed metaphor.
First of all, talks about a fictional marginalized group as a metaphor for actual such groups, but often puts the focus on an exceedingly white, straight, cis, and male cast (though this has definitely gotten better, there’s still lots of room for improvement). Seriously, I said I loved this scene, but recall that it’s a straight white cis dude “coming out”, in a film series with (as far as I can recall) *no* canonically (i.e. explicit *in the films*) queer characters whatsoever (the queer-baiting bullshit in First Class doesn’t count).
Second, the comparisons between Prof X and Magneto and MLK Jr and Malcolm X is *suuper* fucked up. It’s extremely reductive and it’s an insult to both of those real people in different ways. Reducing MLK’s work and stance to Professor X’s milquetoast model minority bullshit ought to be illegal, and comparing Malcolm X to a literal mass murderer and terrorist (albeit a sympathetic and badass one) is disgusting.
No, the X-men are not the “gay rights movement” or the civil rights movement. The gay rights movement is the gay rights movement, and the civil rights movement is the civil rights movement. Straight white cis people with superpowers are not an acceptable substitute.