The snowstorm

I think the only people other than Flash fans (and a few other communities) who’d be offended by the Flash the most, especially if there’s a storyline involving the team defeating evil werewolf Caitlin Snow and her dogs, would be animal owners and wolf fanatics. I think the likes of Retrieverman would accuse the Flash staff of hating dogs because of such storylines like these despite contrary evidence (the same thing can be said of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures, which got into trouble with both fans and PETA).

I think JJBA deconstructs why turning Caitlin Snow into an evil werewolf who uses her dogs would prove disastrous for one’s reputation. Even if somebody owns dogs itself, but if dogs are portrayed being abused it would be enough to ruin somebody’s reputation. Even if it’s justified in the Flash’s context because Caitlin uses dogs to kill people so others retaliate against them, it’ll still upset them.

I suspect if the Flash were to push that storyline, it’s going to rile up a lot of people especially with what’s being done to Caitlin and her dogs.

Catastrophic Snowfall

Like I said many times over, turning Caitlin Snow into an evil werewolf who uses her dogs and wolves to torture people only (and then get attacked by the rest of Team Flash) would have others wondering if the Flash staff hates dogs. Never that some of them own dogs themselves but it could be applied to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures when you think about it. That even got into trouble with both fans and PETA.

The same thing will befall the Flash should they ever push through a similar plot device and storyline. Somebody like Retrieverman would rant endlessly about how the Flash promotes dog abuse and how much the Flash staff hates dogs despite contrary evidence (same for JJBA). If I were to talk like a 4Channer, I’d stay he’d be really triggered by the Flash and consider it seriously problematic.

Because dogs are being abused and the Flash hates dogs (JJBA 2: Electric Boogaloo). Even if it’s not always exactly the case, that’s how controversial the Flash will be should it push through at all.

Much worse

Like I said, I think turning Caitlin Snow into an evil werewolf’s way worse than turning Iris West black to the point where it’ll not only anger Flash fans but also animal owners and wolf fanatics. Especially if dogs and wolves are depicted as evil only to be beaten up despite that two of the Flash staff own dogs themselves. Just like the author of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures a lot, to the point where he got into trouble with PETA and even some fans.

The Flash would find itself in the same position should it ever occur at all. Though wolves are increasingly depicted in a positive or neutral light, not when Caitlin goes evil when going wolf and using wolves and dogs to kill people only to be attacked themselves would be enough to anger a certain demographic. It wouldn’t matter if Flash actors do own dogs themselves, it’s the cognitive dissonance that angers them.

I think if these happen at all, this’ll be the Flash’s jump the shark moment.

The night before Halloween

Like I said, it would be way worse if Caitlin Snow ever became an intersex werewolf than making Iris West black. Not to mention possible storylines where she tortures her daughter by turning her into a cheetah (Fernand Khnopff reference*). Some would think the Flash writers hate dogs because Killer Frost uses dogs to torture people with and they (including her) in turn get attacked by people. (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures vibes.)

I could even imagine how seriously controversial it is, not only for Flash fans proper but also some animal owners and nature fanatics if because it portrays dogs and wolves in a negative light and have them attacked or defeated. Even if some of the Flash own dogs themselves (JJBA again). I swear if this happens at all, expect the controversy brewing.

*He’s the bloke who enjoys using his sister a lot in his paintings and some consider Iris to be Barry’s sister.

Loving and hating Helena Bertinelli

Helena Bertinelli’s often held up to be a good example of both Italian American representation in comics and Italian American stereotypes, if you believe the likes of Ragnell and some Tumblr blogger before in 2014. I remember him saying how stereotypical Bertinelli’s as her name should be spelt Elena (not that the Italian language’s devoid of h but it’s commonly either found in borrowed words, exceptions like hanno and in conjunction with other letters to form gh, dh, bh and ch).

That and bad stereotypes about Southern Italians with the Mafia being xenophobic enough to exclude black Africans. Ragnell eloquently remarked about the problems with Helena Bertinelli in being a hodgepodge of Italian American stereotypes. Mediterranean beauties (she’s from Sicily), gangster ties, Mediterranean tempers and Catholicism. Marvel’s Frank Castle’s also of Sicilian descent but while he’s got flaws himself, he’s not heavily defined by his ethnicity the way Bertinelli’s.

Go figure in a sense. There are other non-stereotypical Italian Americans in DC but the only well-known one’s Zatanna (Barry Allen strikes me as a weird Crypto-Italian if because the people in charge are also Italian like moths to flames). Whilst not always the case, Helena Bertinelli comes off as a stereotype especially to Italian Americans and Italo-Canadians who’ve been hit badly by stereotypes.

It’s like for every Frank Castle and Zatanna, there’s yet another stereotypical Italian character (Japanese anime’s not any better though sometimes an Italian character maybe an overall Westerner stereotype in general).

Xiyouji adaptations and East Asia

Xiyouji’s one of the greatest, most influential Chinese literary and folk classics to date and given China’s immense on Japan and Korea to the point of arguing for them being colonised by China, Xiyouji’s made its mark there too. Japanese adaptations not only sometimes depict Sha Wujing/Gojyo as a kappa (river monster) but also some of the more recent ones depict Sanzang/Sanzo as female. Given the latter’s lately often depicted as female, to the Chinese’s chagrin, that I think it’s parsimonious to address him with they/them pronouns.

(Maybe I should start doing it by now.)

Korean adaptations to a lesser degree with one adaptation where Bajie/Hakkai wears a hat and sunglasses, Wujing/Gojyo being a small blue man and Sanzang/Sanzo being elderly. (Wukong/Goku’s fairly commonly reinterpreted as youthful in other adaptations as much as he’s sometimes depicted as being perfectly human.) While I’ve watched Alakazam, itself an adaptation of Xiyouji before, Minekura’s Saiyuki’s what got me into it.

Now having bothered to divulge myself into watching Chinese clips and the like, I’d regard Chinese adaptations as not necessarily always faithful but more authentic. It’s like the differences between Italian and British adaptations of the Divine Comedy where the former’s not always more faithful but more authentic geographically speaking like a birthright.

Admittedly a better analogy involving the Greek myth of Troy’s between the Italian version (La guerra di troia) and Warner Brothers’s Troy with Italy/Rome being strongly influenced by Greek culture at some point or another. A little imprecise given Greek cinema’s generally not publicised enough even though it could have films based on Greek mythology.

Tending to reimagine Sanzang as female’s almost always Japanese even if there are some adaptations that keep their original male gender. So the inclusion of (Sharak Sanzo) or reimagining them as such (Fate Stay/Night)’s inevitable. As is Wujing being sometimes reimagined as a kappa might reveal the nuances between Chinese and Japanese cultures. (Again that would be like the differences between Italian and British culture.)

Fascism and anime

Like I said about why draws the alt-right to anime, not all anime fans are conservative (some of them are even politically leftist like Ponpox and almost any anime fan on Tumblr in general). But a substantial number of them are and oftentimes unconsciously so if anime alludes to Nazism and fascism a lot. In Terraformars, there are heroic characters named Adolf and Eva. Then there’s Hetalia which centered on the three Axis powers (Germany, Italy and Japan) where its fans did Nazi salutes.

There’s even a fanvid with Evangelion clips edited to the Rammstein song ‘Engel’. Rammsteim’s a band that’s no stranger to flirting with fascism. That and the overall worldview appealing to such people. Again not all anime fans are politically conservative. Several more are politically neutral whilst others are liberal/feminist. Actually at some point or another anime attracted more female nerds but at this point it’s somewhat reversing itself. Especially with all those moeblob and Nazi allusions around.

DC and Marvel aren’t infallible, they still keep making mistakes but they’re willing to learn from it and do anything to appeal to everybody else even if it’s not always successful. Not that Japanese franchises never did the same. Look at Pokemon, Dragonball, Street Fighter, Naruto and even Dead or Alive. But when a substantial number of it alludes to Nazism or have Nazi/fascist characters in it, that’s enough to draw in similar minded folks.

It’s like anime and paedophiles. Not all anime fans and professionals are paedophiles (or perverts in general, let alone for long). But when this resulted in several high profile cases and characters (the Canadian man who got jailed for paedophile manga, Thaddeus McMichaels, Tsutomu Miyazaki, Aki Uchiyama and more recently Nobuhiro Watsuki), that’s enough to alarm everybody else about it.

Same for anime and Nazism/fascism.