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Watchmen Creator Alan Moore Calls Impact of Superheroes on Pop Culture Embarrassing, Sparks Debate

An old interview of Watchmen creator Alan Moore has resurfaced in which he says that apart from a few non-white characters, superheroes are mostly 'white supremacist dreams of the master race.'

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Updated:November 19, 2019, 12:30 PM IST
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Watchmen Creator Alan Moore Calls Impact of Superheroes on Pop Culture Embarrassing, Sparks Debate
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In a 2017 interview with Brazilian outlet Folha de São Paulo's Raphael Sassaki, Watchmen creator Alan Moore had said that the impact of superheroes on popular culture is both tremendously embarrassing and not a little worrying. The 2017 interview has resurfaced and was republished in English on Alan Moore World blog on Monday, on the occasion of his birthday.

According to the blogpost, Moore said that the comic book movies “seem to be serving some kind of different function, and fulfilling different needs,” to that beyond their original intent of “stimulating the imaginations of their 12 or 13-year-old audience.”

According to the watchmen creator, “mass-market superhero movies seem to be abetting an audience who do not wish to relinquish their grip on (a) their relatively reassuring childhoods, or (b) the relatively reassuring 20th century."

He further added that the popularity of the movies, suggested to him, "some kind of deliberate, self-imposed state of emotional arrest, combined with a numbing condition of cultural stasis that can be witnessed in comics, movies, popular music and, indeed, right across the cultural spectrum."

According to Moore, apart from a few non-white characters, the "iconic characters" are mostly "white supremacist dreams of the master race."

Needless to say, Moore’s comments seem to have sparked a huge debate online, with people giving polar opposite views to Moore’s belief.

While one Twitter user pointed out that she "don't agree with everything he says," adding that it is exclaimed, that an "analysis like this will never be intelligently considered by lovers of Marvel."

A third user pointed out, "Had he seen Avengers: Endgame I'm sure he woulda changed his mind."

Here's what they wrote:

The revival of Moore's earlier interview comes close at the heels of Martin Scorsese's recent statements that criticise superhero movies. During a recent interview with Empire magazine, he had said he did not think of Marvel films as cinema and compared them to “theme parks.”

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