Look man, I like comic books and wrestling. My friends are aware of this and used to give me a lot of shit for it every time they saw me watching wrestling or reading a comic book. I’m also a big black male that’s been called the nigger on multiple occasions and still looked at funny when I walk into a store. I get being made fun of, discriminated against, etc, etc.
But all that does not give me the fucking right to be racist, sexist, or hold any other type of prejudice. It does not give me the right to be an asshole. And some of these comic book nerds fail to realize that. They think it’s okay because their racism and sexism is within “their realm” as in because it’s within the context of comic books and the like, they have the right to say whatever they like because it’s their own special group that they think has their own set of rules and morality.
And one of the problems is that within the psyche of a comic book reader specifically, comic books are all they have so any sort of aesthetic changes that they see in the books or when a book gets adapted into film, they feel threatened much like white supremacists do when black folks get ahead. They feel like their world is crumbling around them because the only thing they hold dear(comic books) are not catered specifically to them anymore but marketed to a wider audience. It’s that fear of change that drives the hate. That fear that their sanctuary, their escape from the real world where people make fun of them or spurn their advances for what they like is now opened to more, including those who initially made fun of them for it in the first place.
idk, that’s just my whole theory on why some of these comic book nerds tend to make racist comments when certain castings are done, certain characters in comic book series are highlighted and when a different demographic of readers than them are growing in number or more vocal. idk, maybe I’m taking out of my ass.