See, here’s the problem with being PC. There is no cut-off point. If you start making concessions, you just have to keep right on making them. Because there’s alaways going to be SOMEBODY who is offended over SOMEthing. Always. It’s as certain in our modern world as death, taxes, and shipping-and-handling charges. Give the devil an inch, as the old saying goes, and he’ll take a mile. The “devil” in this case is censorship—which is really what Political Correctness amounts to. It’s about censoring things so somebody somewhere doesn’t get offended. Anyone who thinks being PC is simply about being respectful and polite fails to grasp the results when such a philosophy is taken to its extremes—and philosophies and movements are ALWAYS taken to extremes by SOMEbody. Again, death, taxes, and shipping. It’s inevitable.
I would tend to agree with Marvel on this one, though. They pulled a J. Scott Campbell cover featuring the Big M’s latest in a series of token characters, RiRi Williams. Not just because it is “sexualizing” the character, as was the case with complaints about that Spider-Woman cover a couple’a years back. In this case, since the token, I mean “character,” in question is supposed to be underage, then I agree that it isn’t a good idea to draw her in too sexy a manner. Not that I find the cover image particularly sexy, but it’s better to err on the side of caution where sex and underage girls are concerned.