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Oh my god… it’s like an episode of Toddlers & Tiaras that for some reason stars Aquaman and a seal.
Don’t listen to him, seal. You’re talented and beautiful and can be anything you want in life.
The United States Government Debates Whether the X-Men Are Human Beings… In Real Life
By Chris Sims
If you’ve ever read Marvel’s X-Men comics — and let’s be honest, you have — you’re probably already aware that the central conflict of the story involves the struggle of mutants to gain acceptance in the world of humans that hates and fears them. Since the series first began, the struggle for Mutant Rights has been the story of the franchise, reflecting the battle for civil rights that every minority group has faced in history. What you might not know, however, is that there was a time when the United States Government was called upon to rule on whether Marvel’s mutants were considered to be human beings or not in real life.
It’s reported on this week’s edition of the Radiolab podcast, and as you might expect, it all started with taxes.
You can listen to the fascinating story above — including a few thoughts on the case from X-Men movie director Bryan Singer — and it’s well worth 18 minutes of your time. The short version is that tariff law classifies toys into two different categories. Anything that’s brought into the country for a kid to play with is either a doll, which includes anything that represents a human being, or a toy, which covers anything that’s not. It might seem like a small distinction — especially when I’m sure some of you are out there shouting “they’re action figures!” — but the fact is that the import tax on dolls is twice what it is for toys.
Back in the ’90s, when Toy Biz was making so much money off of X-Men action figures that it was able to actually buy Marvel comics at one point, this was a pretty big deal. But the thing about those lucrative X-Men toys is that they’re not based on “humans” — or at least, they’re not based on homo sapiens. So armed with that distinction, trade lawyers Sherry Singer and Indie Singh went to the customs office to take up the proud tradition of Bolivar Trask and argue that mutants are not, in fact, human beings, and should not be treated as such.
The result was a court case that lasted for years and turned into a hilarious / eerie / hilariously eerie reflection of the struggle that goes on in the comics. Characters that didn’t look human, like Beast, were judged by their appearance, while — in one of the best moments in the history of United States Law — the court found that it could not rule out the possibility that Wolverine could represent a future evolution for humans.
In the end — Spoiler Warning! — the court found that mutants are not human. While Marvel benefits to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars in reduced import taxes — and Singer and Singh are quick to point out that they are in no way debating the civil rights metaphor that exists in the comics — I can’t help but be a little disheartened by that ruling.
I mean, even if it’s just in reference to toys, it is actually now part of real-life U.S. Law that people born with the strange and unusual powers granted by the X-Gene aren’t considered human, and I think we all know where that story ends up.
Magneto was right, y’all. About international trade taxes, at least.
US government rules that mutants, like the X-Men, are not human (for tax purposes at least)
Your tax dollars at work.
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DOC. R. C. ANDERSON, a fabulous and fascinating personality, whose sensational predictions of world-shaking events made on Christmas Day 1944 have - so far - proven so amazingly accurate during the course of unfolding history.
Mentioned on the “Meet the Press” TV Program of September 30th 1956. Enjoys nationwide reputation as an Astrologer, Marriage Counsellor and Philosopher of Humanity. Consulted by people from all over the United States and Overseas, who come to him for help, counsel and guidance in their appeals for solutions to their difficult personal problems.
HE TELLS YOU YOUR DEEPEST SECRETS WITHOUT YOU SAYING A WORD.
His office was in Rossville, Georgia.
John Elway and His Howling Commandos.
inexplicable/uncredited speculative facial hair portrait of Lou Gehrig with soul patch and one of them Josh Beckett metal necklaces.
does anyone know who the illustrator for this was? It was part of a triptych with Pujols in early 1900s gear and regular 1990s Mariners Griffey Jr.
Dillon food for sure.
Holy crap. Who in the hell is sitting around and thinks “Whoa, I bet if I stick spaghetti through hotdogs and then boil it, the noodle will get soft and it will look CRAZY!”?
Don’t even know what to say about this.
Feats of strength!
Consider my imagination staggered.
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