Meet Bilal Asselah – a 22 year-old French Algerian Muslim, living in Clichy-sous-Bois (Paris suburb), who practices parkour.
So far, just a few pages in a comic book annual…
… But, a Muslim superhero is clearly not newsworthy in his own right. His very existence surely has to be incendiary/’clash of civilisations’/blah for it to be interesting.
So it was quite handy that an American blogger/writer, Warner Todd Huston, had a major rant on his website, saying it’s “PCism run amuck”, which I think is the American equivalent of “PC gone mad”. I won’t go into the other criticisms as they’re quite stupid, but for a bit of balance, I’d encourage you to take a look (link above). I suspect that people who can’t accept a Muslim Batman probably think that a black/mixed-race man shouldn’t be President of America.
Here are a few examples of the headlines generated:
‘Le Batman Francais’ finds a formidable foe in right-wing America (today’s Independent)
Batman’s French Muslim ally angers US bloggers (France 24/AFP)
Here’s the other side of the argument – where the DC writer explains his decision – which is much harder to find (compared to the articles above) through Google.
At least Muslim Batman fans will be happy 🙂