May 14, 2010 2 Comments
Before looking at the image included, did you have any idea who Ryan Choi was? I didn’t either, and I have read books that he actually was in. He was the successor to the identity of the Atom after Ray Palmer vanished at the close of Identity Crisis. And we was recently killed off in an issue of Titans. Now, I’d usually throw up a SPOILER warning there, but realistically, since you had no idea who Ryan Choi was, why would you care if he got killed or not?
Apparently, because he’s Asian.
That’s been word floating around the dorkosphere as outrage has been unleashed since Choi was skewered by Deathstroke. I decided to write this when I spotted this quote in an article on Topless Robot:
Ryan Choi is now dead, having died quickly and ignominiously in a Titans: Villians for Hire comic, because — and I’d like to quote Wikipedia, as found by my buddy Sean T. Collins — “he was not white enough for DC Comics.” Whether people are mad because DC killed off yet another non-white character to make room for a white one, that a major non-white character is killed as a minor note in a minor comic, that a Grant Morrison character that was genuinely interesting was murdered in a comic he should have had nothing to do with… I think it’s all of those things.
And I’m here to call BS on that crap.