For the Billionth Time, Magneto is NOT Malcolm X: Thoughts on Appropriation and Mutants of Color

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Spoiler Alert: There are major spoilers ahead for X-Men: Days of Future Past (and all of the other X-Men films).

I never liked the comparisons that significant comic book writers, filmmakers, actors, and even some fans make between Magneto and Malcolm X, as well as between Professor Xavier and Martin Luther King Jr. At the end of the first X-Men film (2000), Magneto delivers the line, “By any means necessary,” one of Malcolm’s most famous quotes. Prior to the release of X-Men: First Class (2011), Michael Fassbender, who plays the younger Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr, stated in an interview that the lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. directly influenced the film and the relationship between Magneto and Charles Xavier. “It came up early on in the rehearsal period and that was the path we took,” Fassbender confirmed.

I ranted about how inaccurate, offensive, and racist these comparisons are on…

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5 thoughts on “For the Billionth Time, Magneto is NOT Malcolm X: Thoughts on Appropriation and Mutants of Color

  1. Speaking as a white woman who really never got into comics, I have to admit ignorance on this topic. However, it really opened my eyes as to just how “white” and self serving Hollywood is. I mean, I always knew it but this just seems like a new low. Some people may say this article is ranting about a silly movie but seriously…X-Men? To compare yourself to the civil rights movement when you are wealthy, white, males playing pretend? It seems arrogant and self serving to throw that in there…like “Hey we’re not just representing a comic book, we represent the civil rights movement.” Umm….No you don’t! It’s safe to say you don’t have the first clue of the pain and suffering that was endured. What it means and what it takes to stand up and defend your right to be human and treated as such. Don’t think you can put on a costume and then assume the voice of a time your own race (yeah you, white actor) should be ashamed of.

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  2. Now to be fair maybe the little girl just liked the white barbie…i don’t know…but what seems more likely to me is that there was no other choice or endless commercials about how awesome it is to be white influenced her. This issue has been right in front of my eyes but we’re so brainwashed today…


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