DC has released a new Green Lantern action figure, and its treatment has exposed rampant racism in the toy retail industry.
Fans of Baz, the new Green Lantern that appeared in DC Comics' Green Lantern #0, were distressed and angered today while trying to find the action figure to purchase in major retail chains like Toys R Us and Walmart. It seems that the retailers, taking a quick glance at the toy and judging it solely on its appearance, assumed that the toy was a villain and stocked the heroic action figure in what many consider the "villain" section, alongside noted villainous toys like Doctor Doom, Magneto, The Red Skull, and Cyclops. The placement of the toys is clearly a manifestation of the racism and bigotry that permeates the comic and toy industries.
The Outhouse spoke with a Toys R Us executive who demanded anonymity on the grounds that he is not real and we're making this up. What follows is the real, made-up conversation:
Outhouse: What do you have to say about the allegations that you classified the Baz action figure as a villain because of his skin color and religious affiliation?
Toys R Us: Look at him! He's carrying a gun, he's wearing a mask, he's all... black...
OH: Baz isn't black. He's an Arab American.
TrU: Why's he carrying the gun then?
OH: That's racist.
TrU: He's also got that muslim tattoo. He's a terrorist.
OH: The authorities in the comic make that same mistake. But Baz isn't a terrorist. It just happens that he stole a van after losing his job working in Detroit and the van happened to have explosives in it. Geoff Johns, the writer of the comic, covered all that stuff.
TrU: Isn't that racist?
The Outhouse also attempted to contact executives from Walmart to comment as well, but they wouldn't stop tossing their cowboy hats in the air and shooting their guns at them while hollering "Yeeeeeeehhhaaawwww!" and "Vote for Romney!"
Due to the controversy, DC Comics has decided to pull the action figures out of stores and instead will release them sometime in 2013, available in comic shops and on the DC Collectibles website.