Comic Tropes YouTuber Chris Piers called on Marvel to completely “abandon the Punisher” in the wake of the Donald Trump Protest rally in Washington D.C.
The YouTuber, who has over 138,000 subscribers, shared a photo to Twitter of an individual wearing a patch featuring the Punisher logo overlaid on the flag of the United States of America.
Piers then wrote, “The seditionists that invaded the Capitol today wore a Punisher logo. I say Marvel needs to either aggressively enforce their trademark so it isn’t printed everywhere or abandon the Punisher completely.
He then added, “You can’t allow your characters to be used by terrorists.”
Interestingly enough Comic Tropes has appeared to show support for Black Lives Matter and even praised DC Comics writer and artist Frank Miller for showing off a piece of art work in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Comic Tropes shared an Instagram photo of Frank Miller sharing a piece of artwork of a character putting their fist in the air.
They wrote, “Frank Miller has been putting out some really caring artwork and thoughts on social media channels recently, from his support for healthcare workers to Black Lives Matter. He seems to much healthier these days.”
Black Lives Matter is an organization, whose founders describe themselves as “trained Marxists.”
Not only do the founders describe themselves as trained Marxists, but the organization advocates “to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folks, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.”
The Black Lives Matter organization also wants “to disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ taht collectively care for one another, especially our children to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
The organization also advocates for the defunding of police.
The Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Twitter account wrote, “We don’t want to hug the police. We don’t want to kneel with the police. We don’t want to meet with the police. WE WANT TO DEFUND THE POLICE.”
They also made it clear they want to dismantle the police.
And it’s not just the police. Patrisse Cullors, the founder of Black Lives Matter, called on the dismantling of numerous federal law enforcement agencies such as ICE, Border Patrol, and the DEA.
She stated, “Until and unless our leaders become signatory to the BREATHE Act — to legislation that eliminates the federal government’s ability to give multi-million dollar grants to militarize police forces; dismantles punitive like ICE, Border Patrol, and the DEA; ends the use of surveillance systems being used to target protesters; and bans the use of police agencies to suppress political dissent — the Democratic Party of today will be remembered as the party of complicity.”
Riots in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests over the summer have also been reported as the “most expensive in insurance history” by Axios.
Jennifer Kingson at Axios claims, “The vandalism and looting following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police will cost the insurance industry more than any other violent demonstrations in recent history.”
“The arson, vandalism and looting that did occur will result in at least $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims – eclipsing the record set in Los Angeles in 1992 after the acquittal of the police officers who brutalized Rodney King,” she added.
British publication The Guardian, reported at least 24 individuals had been killed and that “all but one were killed by fellow citizens.”
Comic Tropes call for Marvel to abandon the Punisher isn’t unique or original. Canadian-owned CBR published an article back in June 2020 by Hector Valverde titled “Marvel Should Stop Seling Punisher Merchandise.”
Valverde specifically wanted Marvel to stop selling Punisher merchandise so it limits “the police and military’s ability to cop the Punisher into their public image.”
He argued, “Countless police officers have misguidedly appropriated the ragged skull on the Punisher’s chest into a twisted symbol of “justice” fueled by aggression and dominance.”
The Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway described the symbol as one of “lawless police oppression” and declared his intention to “reclaim the Punisher skull” logo.
He wrote on Twitter, “I’m looking for young comic book artists of color who’d like to participate in a small fundraising project for BLM to reclaim the Punisher skull as a symbol of justice rather than lawless police oppression. Respond and follow so we can DM.”
Conway would eventually reveal a number of Black Lives Matter Punisher logos called “Black Lives Matter – Skulls for Justice.”
He explained that “it’s a collection of artist-designed t-shirts raising funds for Black Lives Matter by claiming a symbol of oppression as a symbol of justice.”
What do you make of Comic Tropes’ call for Marvel to “abandon the Punisher?” Do you think Marvel will do it?