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Muslim Artist Inserts Hidden ‘Anti-Christian, Anti-Jewish’ Messages in X-Men

“The implied references are in direct opposition of what the X-Men have stood for,” Marvel Comics said.

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If you are familiar with the X-Men, then you know it is a fictional comic book team that celebrates diversity and promotes unity. Created in 1963 by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, this supergroup fights for peace and equality between humans and mutants.

In case it still isn’t clear enough for you, the creation of the team was obviously inspired by real social issues experienced by minority groups in the United States such as African Americans, Jews, the LGBT community, and different religious groups, among others.

That’s why it is actually quite ironic that a recent issue of X-Men Gold is currently getting a lot of negative attention because of racism and discrimination.

In X-Men Gold #1, artist Ardian Syaf allegedly inserted ‘anti-Christian and anti-Jewish’ messages.

A Muslim from Indonesia, Syaf is reported to have hidden references to the Koran and the number ‘212’ – a reference to Muslim protests against the Christian governor of Jakarta.

In the issue, Jewish character Kitty Pryde can be seen in front of the word ‘Jew’ and a man wearing a ’51’ shirt.

This, according to some fans, was a reference to a Koran verse which says ‘O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies.


In another panel, Russian character Colossus is wearing a shirt that says “QS 5:51” also a reference to the same verse.

Readers were quick to spot the hidden messages and immediately informed Marvel about it.

Marvel, in turn, responded with an official statement.

The comics publisher said:

“The implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition of the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the X-Men have stood for since their creation.

“This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken.”

Meanwhile, Syaf tried to defend himself on social media.

Source: Comics Beat

On a Facebook post, he wrote:

“I don’t hate Jews or Christians, I worked with them for 10 years. A lot of good friends too. For all that happened I apologize sincerely.”

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Photographer Creates Epic “Outdoor” Scenes Using Unbelievably Realistic Dioramas

I’m officially mind-blown! This guy is extremely good!

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We rarely see photographers’ grueling work behind the scenes to capture amazing pictures. It often involves finding the perfect shooting locations and a crew to take charge of the models and lighting effects. Thus, you really can’t expect spending very little in photoshoots.

However, one photographer is changing the name of the game. Vatsal Kataria is a commercial still life photographer who does miniature photography and turns fantasies into reality. His craft allows him to take astounding photos with breath-taking landscapes all in the comfort of his studio. He even shoots mind-blowing locations such as rocky mountains and raging seas without breaking a sweat. The best thing about everything is his photoshoots are all budget-friendly.

Looks like a scene from a movie? Actually, it was all shot in a home studio!

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The Winners of This Year’s Sony World Photography Awards Has Just Been Revealed

Such breathtaking photos!

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The annual Sony World Photography Awards is known for showcasing the most breathtaking photos from around the world - and this year is in no way different. In fact, the recently announced winners of this year's competition will definitely leave you in awe.

The world-famous contest has four categories: Professional, which are judged on a body of work; Open, for best single images; Youth, for young photographers aged 12 to 19 years, and; Student Focus, which is open to those who are studying photography. Winners of each category will be awarded prizes including cash, Sony digital imaging equipment, and the opportunity to have their work displayed in an exhibition. This year, the photo exhibition for the winners will take place in London, United Kingdom.

Aside from the winners for each category, the National Awards also featured one photo among all the entries from each participating country. Each photo has a profound meaning, has depth, and exudes its own charm - a certain appeal that will captivate those who will set their eyes on it.

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Mesmerizing Mermaid Swims In A 10,000 Plastic Bottle Ocean To Inspire Change

Think twice before you use more plastic.

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Don't let her delicate shine fool you; this mermaid means business. For Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong's latest project titled Mermaids Hate Plastic, he took photos of a mermaid swimming in an ocean of plastic to raise awareness about pollution.

In case you didn't know, the average American uses about 167 plastic bottles a year. By the time he's 60, he will have used 10,000 plastic bottles. These plastics don't just cause water pollution. When they release toxins and contaminate water sources, they can also negatively affect air quality.

Benjamin Von Wong's Mermaids Hate Plastic project aims to stop people's excessive plastic consumption.

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