First it was the Archie “wedding what if” to Betty or Veronica that got people talking. Now it’s an interracial romance brewing between Riverdale’s favorite super, super senior and Val (from Josie and the Pussycats) that’s stirring up controversy. This new, steamy story arc starts with Archie issue #608.
Scoured the net for any overt nerd bigotry and found nothing. HOWEVER, I did find plenty of posts that are prime examples of what I like to call – Bizarro Racism. The term is based on Bizarro Superman – A semi-evil super-freak that comes from Bizarro world. That’s the place where everything is mirror opposite of our earth. Bad is good, chocolate is vanilla…and you get the picture. If not, Seinfeld episode 137 sums it up way better.
Now here is my sample of a Bizarro Racist statement …
We’ve elected an African American president, and yet people are still shocked when they see an interracial kiss on a comic book cover. It’s just sad to think the good people at Archie comics will have to endure any bigot hate mail because of this. I applaud them for having the courage of their convictions.
Ugh! Makes me sick to my stomach just reading it. Essentially it’s taking a stand on something that shouldn’t need defending. Not in this day and age. It should simply be treated as just another cover. No soapbox needed. And that my friends is Bizarro Racism. Oh and besides, everyone knows Klan Grand Wizards don’t even read Archie. They love Marmaduke, Apartment 3G and Ninja Turtles.
You can cut the sexual tension with a knife in these panels.