DC Comics posted a map of the world of Flashpoint today and the result… well, there’s some aspects of it that are a tad on the unfortunate side.
The now-controversial map breaks down different regions of the world showing who holds the power/threats in each area. For instance, The United Kingdom is now New Themyscira, Brazil is occupied by Nazis, Alaska is “The Land of The Undead,” and so on and so forth. The controversy, however, comes into play when you look at Africa, and the map simply claims that it’s now “Ape-Controlled.” Yep, Africa is listed as Ape-Controlled. To say that comes off as racist is a bit of an understatement, and it gets worse when you get to the fountain of creativity that is “Asian Capital,” which comes off poorly as well.
Check out the map here above and click for larger view.
There are some arguments against the racism/cultural insensitivity of this map, however. Taken into consideration, Gorilla Grodd and the citizens of Gorilla City are located somewhere in Africa, and that is clearly what DC was referring to when the map was created, so it’s obviously unintentional, but at the same time they really should have realized how everyone would take this. I know that when I was skimming over the map, everything look in order until I got to Africa. That… well… that just didn’t sit right.
Other than the alleged racism, the map is pretty standard, and a lot of the controlled areas are pretty obvious (pirates controlling parts of the ocean, Nazis in Brazil), but as a DC Comics fan, I’m really excited for the potential of several of these locales, mainly New Themyscira and The Land of The Undead. There’s a lot of potential here for some truly awesome stories, but it’s disappointing that it’s has been overshadowed by some unfortunate phrasing.
But what do you guys think? Are people making too big of a deal about this? It’s clearly unintentional, but shouldn’t DC have realized how people were going to take this? I know that’s one of the first things people look for, so shouldn’t it be one of the first things DC looks for, as well? I’m pretty forgiving, but that’s an embarrassing faux pas if I’ve ever seen one.
On the other hand, if DC is looking for some PR help, I’m ready and available.
[Source: DC | CBR]