The Triumphant Return of Mockingbird’s Feminist T-Shirt
Roughly one year and five days ago, a group of socially maladjusted mouthbreathers drove writer Chelsea Cain off of Twitter because she put a cover they didn’t like on a comic they didn’t read. That comic was Mockingbird #8, the last issue of the critically acclaimed series.
What set the misogynistic misanthropes off was the t-shirt that Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird wore on the cover of that last issue: “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda.” Hate mail poured in and Cain, wisely, decided Twitter was not worth the abuse and just left.
Then came the backlash to the backlash. #StandWithChelsea was a trending hashtag on Twitter. Women and allies rallied around the cover because, scientifically speaking, it’s freakin’ awesome.
But after issue #8, Mockingbird and her shirt disappeared … until last weeks’ Amazing Spider-Man #789.
After going bankrupt and getting evicted from his place, Peter ends up crashing on Mockingbird’s couch. After he wore the last of his clean clothes, he grabbed one of Bobbi’s shirts to wear while doing laundry. She commented that “it wasn’t a good look for him” — giving us one of the greatest bits of meta continuity in recent Marvel history.
Frankly, I think Pete wears it well.
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