Right-Wing Bloggers Freak Out Over Batman’s ‘Muslim Sidekick’
Meet your newest nemesis, Batman: the right-wing American blogosphere.
First, a little back story. In the December issues of the Batman comics, the superhero has set up Batman Incorporated to recruit an ally in cities across the globe, the AFP reports.
Enter Nightrunner — the alter ego of Bilal Asselah — the 22-year-old Muslim son of immigrants who seeks to make things right in his riotous neighborhood of Paris. He’s trained in parkour acrobatics, and his Muslim upbringing encourages him to reject hate and fear.
But the right-wing blogosphere can be a superstitious and cowardly lot — and Nightrunner is a creature who strikes terror into their hearts.
“In this age when Muslim youths are terrorizing the entire country, heck in this age of international Muslim terrorism assaulting the whole world, Batman’s readers will be confused by what is really going on in the world,” wrote Warner Todd Huston on Publius Forum.
I find that the most controversial superheroes are also the coolest. And ‘Nightrunner’ sounds pretty badass.