DC Comics messes up real bad, says Pakistanis speak ‘Pakistanian’
In a new edition of a Superman/Wonder Woman comic anthology DC Comics have made a really bad blunder. The story, set in Pakistan suggests that Pakistanis speak a language called ‘Pakistanian.’books Updated: Jan 07, 2016 18:55 IST
DC Comics, creators of superheroes like Batman and Superman, have goofed up memorably in a new annual issue of Superman/Wonder Woman. They apparently believe Pakistanis speak a new, unheard of and rather exotic language called ‘Pakistanian’.
In the second story of the annual, Clark Kent (Superman) and Diana (Wonder Woman) travel to Pakistan to retrieve stolen Amazonian weaponry from a thieving demigod named Dichara. So far so comic-y. But then things take a turn for the worse. The dialogue is obviously in English, but to create some sense of authenticity, the editors place dialogue spoken by non-English speakers in chevrons. They’ve done that here as well. Only according to them, this particular conversation has been translated from the ‘Pakistanian,’ a language we all know does not exist.
Needless to say, Twitter didn’t let this one go easy. Numerous tweets have been posted bashing DC for such a careless and ignorant blunder. And this comes in an age when the folks over at Marvel recently debuted the new Ms Marvel Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager, a property spearheaded by Sana Amanat, a woman with a similar background.
The internet, as they say, isn’t written in ink. Case in point:
Uhm. People in Pakistan speak "Pakistanian"? They apparently do when Superman and Wonder Woman go there. https://t.co/Oel8okbtcc— Tim Sullivan (@ByTimSullivan) January 7, 2016
So many Pakistanis outraged that Urdu was called Pakistanian. Where is the outrage about Ahmadi Pakistanians being jailed for selling books?— Yasser Latif Hamdani (@theRealYLH) January 6, 2016
Pakistanian reminds me of the person who asked if Christians and Muslims also read Hindustan Times.— Mesut Boot Sarkar (@sidin) January 5, 2016
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First Published: Jan 07, 2016 15:50 IST