During last week's GOP Debate, I noticed a few similarities between some of the Republican candidates and the villains from the film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. I mean seriously! The way they talk about immigrants is very similar to how humanity treats the X-Men in the Marvel Universe.
If you are familiar with the X-Men franchise then you may remember the most recent 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past. If you are not familiar with the franchise here is a brief summary of what it is about:
"The X-Men are hated, feared and despised collectively by humanity for no other reason than that they are mutants. So what we have here, intended or not, is a book that is about racism, bigotry and prejudice."
-Chris Claremont, writer of Uncanny X-Men, 1981
In the Marvel Universe, the X-Men and other mutants are usually feared and persecuted by humans/non-mutants because they carry the mutant gene, have special powers, and are different from others.Well last week's GOP debate got us thinking there were a few similarities between some of the Republican's views on immigration and Days of Future Past.
Let's start off with the most obvious comparison first Donald Trump. Mr.Trump has repeatedly voiced his opinions on immigrants, specifically about Hispanic immigrants, since he first made his presidential announcement. And since then he continues to make false comments that a majority of immigrants are drug dealers and rapists. He continues to promise that if he is elected (God forbid) then he will implement his immigration plan that will involve deporting millions of undocumented immigrants. Although this plan of his doesn't seem to have many details at the moment and quite frankly sounds impossible.
Trump wasn't the only candidate last week that has voiced his thoughts on immigration. Gov. Chris Christie, although he doesn't agree with Trump's immigration plan, he does suggest the use of drones and bio-metric fingerprints that would identify people who have overstayed their visas. (If you wish to read more about the GOP debate check out my source link below)
Both Christie's and Trump's opinions and plans reflect those of certain X-Men villain seeking to rid the world of mutants by any means necessary.
Not to give away too many spoilers, but in Days of Future Past, the antagonist Bolivar Trask uses the public's fear and prejudice against mutants in order to gain support from the government to develop drones (A.K.A the Sentinels) that could scan, identify and capture the mutants.
The prejudice that is so clearly portrayed in this film is very similar to what we are dealing with today. Some candidates want us to fear and convince the public that many, if not all, immigrants are a threat to our way of life. But using fear, hate and false claims about immigrants is only going to increase tensions and cause a bigger problem. And if X-Men movies have taught us anything, then it is that hate and fear are not the answer. The candidates that use such tactics, are no better than a comic book villain.