So, many of us in Seattle were cooled out beyond cooled out when we found out we had our own superhero.
Phoenix Jones has been aiding citizens in distress in our fair city since last winter. And many of us of the nerdly persuasion cheered him on. Until May 2nd. Well, May 1st really. So, on May 1st we had a fairly large Occupy Wall Street march, as well as a smaller march in favor of Immigration Reform. Now, several protestors accused Jones of pepper-spraying them. Jones has responded that he didn’t pepper spray anyone, but was pepper-sprayed by the Black Bloc “anarchists” (about 15-20 dudes) who were responsible for some property damage during the otherwise incredibly peaceful protests. So, I don’t know what happened there, but until and unless formal charges are filed, I’m willing to give Jones the benefit of the doubt. I mean, when you have a lot of people milling around, it’s easy to get confused as to who is pepper-spraying whom.
HOWEVER, after hearing from a close friend that they had been in a local comic shop when Jones regaled eager listeners with his tales of May Day derring-do, which included talking about pepper-spraying people, and heard Jones say that he punched some “faggot” in the face, I am not so inclined to continue my benefit of the doubt.
Does Seattle, a remarkably diverse city with a very tolerant culture and a vibrant LGBTQI community really need a superhero who calls people “faggots?” I put it to you that we do not. I will not out the comic store for this, but if required to give verifying details, I can and will.
Seattle does not need a homophobic would-be fascist patrolling our streets.
Now, he could apologize and promise to mend his ways. But this sort of behavior is not acceptable in anyone professing to be a superhero.
And yes, I have seen the Rex Velvet video. No, I am not endorsing the super villain. I’m just disgusted by Jones’s behavior.
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