Marvel Fired An Artist After He Snuck Religious And Political Symbols Into A New X-Men Comic

Ellie Hall

Buzzfeed News

12th April 2017

’ Marvel announced Tuesday that it fired the Indonesian artist who inserted Islamist political images into the first issue of Gold.’ ’ The first panel with a hidden message shows a group of playing baseball, focusing on Colossus as he hits the ball.’ ’ The Christian governor of Jakarta in question is Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (popularly known as “Ahok”) who was elected in 2014 and is up for this month.

’ ’ The second panel shows Kitty Pryde (who happens to be Jewish) addressing an angry crowd on a New York City street.’ ’ On Tuesday, Marvel confirmed that Syaf had been fired and would be replaced by another artist.’ ’ In a Facebook post published Monday, Syaf wrote, “My career is over now.

It’s the consequence of what I did and I take it. ”’] “The mentioned artwork in Gold #1 was inserted without knowledge behind its reported meanings,” Marvel said in a statement over the weekend. “These implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition of the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the have stood for since their creation.

” Indonesians on Reddit first noticed hidden images in several of the panels following the comic’s release in that country. They urged other comic book fans to share them and bring them to Marvel’s attention. “As a living in Indonesia, it is so saddening how a bigoted, conservative Muslim was able to work with Marvel and use Marvel comics as their platform to channel their bigotry and hatred toward minorities in Indonesia,” wrote Reddit user Kinda1994Guy.

“Many people, especially minorities read to seek refuge from the narrative championed by bigoted and hateful groups. This is so disheartening. ” While the verse translates to, “O you have believed, do not take the Jews and Christians as allies,” it has been interpreted with a decidely political slant in Indonesia.

“Indonesian translation of the verse states that ‘Muslims should not appoint the Jews and Christians as their leader,’” an Indonesian comic book fan wrote on Reddit over the weekend. “The Qur’anic verse is being used by Islamists to prevent the reelection of a Christian governor of Jakarta. ” A maliciously edited video of this speech, which made it appear as if Ahok was insulting the holy book itself, was posted online months later, prompting hundreds of thousands of Muslims to protest in the streets against the Jakarta governor on Dec.

2, 2016. Ahok was also charged with blasphemy, and if found guilty, he could face up to four years in prison. He has been allowed to campaign during the trial, which was recently delayed until after Jakarta’s April 19 elections.

The other detail in the panel that has drawn criticism directly relates to Kitty Pryde. In the image, the ’s head is covering part of the awning for a jewelry store so that the letters “ ” appear prominently. Marvel has terminated Ardian Syaf’s contract effective immediately.

‘ Gold’ #2 and #3 featuring his work have already been sent to the printer and will continue to ship . Issues #4, #5, and #6 will be drawn by R. B.

Silva and issues #7, #8, and #9 will be drawn by Ken Lashley. A permanent replacement artist will be assigned to ‘ Gold’ in the coming weeks. ”.

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