The radical left is already celebrating Fox News’s firing of their most popular host, Tucker Carlson, a media event likely to shake up more than just his career. Some are saying this heralds the death of cable news entirely, but Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likens the firing of the news anchor to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears on The Late Show, CBS

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears on The Late Show, CBS

Woke activists have long compared their trivial political pursuits to heroic fantasy films. Before J.K. Rowling became a pariah of the left for saying men can’t be women, woke cultural activists became notorious for using Harry Potter to reference their causes. The comparisons often elicited responses on Twitter of “read another book!” by people who were fed up with the likening leftist politics to some heroic struggle against Voldemort.

Harry Potter TV series logo via HBO Max Twitter

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In recent years, the activists have transitioned to using Star Wars and Marvel as their references. It’s created a circle where influencers use pop culture to justify their extreme politics, and in return, the pop culture properties advocate radical politics in their content.

The result is a cycle where new iterations of Star Wars and Marvel don’t reflect the original stories, but only the current year mores remain. Examples of this phenomenon can be seen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, where America Chavez wears a trans/gay pride pin throughout the movie, and Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker, where the end celebration scene highlighted a lesbian kiss.

This emboldens influencers to tie these movies to their political causes, which creates another cycle of more extreme identity politics in the films to virtue signal.

A notable instance of using pop culture to try to tie a real-world political problem to a cause is the Ukraine War, where NATO tweeted, “Ukraine is hosting one of the great epics of this century. ‘We are Harry Potter and William Wallace, the Na’vi and Han Solo. We’re escaping from Shawshank and blowing up the Death Star. We are fighting with the Harkonnens and challenging Thanos.'”

NATO Twitter

NATO received an immense amount of backlash for posting this, as people were disgruntled at the organization equating the real-life struggle of a war to trivial fantasy movies.

Josh Brolin as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Marvel Studios

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Now, AOC has doubled down on pop culture, comparing the deplatforming of Tucker Carlson from Fox News—which she considers a good thing—to Marvel movies.

“Tucker Carlson is out at Fox News,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram reel, “couldn’t have happened to a better guy. What I will say though is while I’m very glad that the person that is arguably responsible for some of the largest- driving some of the most amounts of death threats and violent threats not just to my office but to plenty of people across the country, I also kind of feel like I’m like waiting for the cut scene at the end of a Marvel movie after all of the credits have rolled, and then you see like the villain’s hand reemerge out to grip over like the end of a building or something. But deplatforming works and it is important. And there you go. Good things can happen.”

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The comparison of deplatforming a person from reporting the news to Avengers killing a murderous villain is absurd. Still, it demonstrates how out of touch with reality activists like Cortez are. Americans are being silenced, and a member of Congress is championing that as a cause and encouraging her followers by painting a newscaster like Carlson as a villain who deserves death. While she complains about threats to her office without giving any evidence of how Carlson is responsible, she is using dangerous rhetoric, which puts Carlson and his family at risk from her followers.

Tucker Carlson speaking with attendees at the 2020 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

It’s a troubling trend seeing government members use entertainment as propaganda and then having the entertainment companies willingly up the ante to their extremist political agendas.

Tucker Carlson’s firing from Fox News is a strike against free speech, something we probably all can agree a hero like Captain America would be against, not pushing for the silencing of one of America’s only honest newsmen.

Tucker Carlson speaking with attendees at the 2018 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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