Numerous references to the protests in Jakarta were made by Indonesian artist Ardian Syaf in the comics.
In a recent Marvel comic book issue, fans discovered anti-Semitic and anti-Christian messages, putting Marvel in trouble once more.
Numerous references to the ongoing Indonesian protests against the Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama can be found in the artwork of X-Men Gold #1.
Ardian Syaf, the Indonesian artist, implanted numerous references to the protests in the artwork. The most prominent example, “QS 5:51” which can be seen written on the t-shirt worn by the mutant Colossus. The writing refers to Qur’an Surah 5:51.
According to Qur’an.com, the section reads: “Oh you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.”
Other references to the mass protests appear in the issue, such as the numbers 212 and 51, they’re references to another Qur’an verse forbidding Muslims from being led by other Muslims. There’s also the image of a known Jewish character, Kitty Pryde, where her head hides a part of a Jewelry shop sign so just the word “Jew” is seen.
A statement released by Marvel regarding the matter, reads:
“The mentioned artwork in X-Men Gold #1 was inserted without knowledge behind its reported meanings.”
“These implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition of the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the X-Men have stood for since their creation. This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken.”
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, both Jewish men, were the original creators of the X-Men comic books. The issue in question was written by Marc Guggenheim, also a Jewish man.
When Guggenheim was asked by fans about the incident, he pointed fans towards Marvel’s official statement on Twitter.