I always love reddit, especially because in there almost no one talks about things that happen in my country, but couple days ago things turned out to be very different, it was because of that subliminal messages in one of marvel comics, the news became popular in reddit and imgur, since those subliminal messages that created by indonesian comic artist contain anti-Christian and anti-Semitic messages.
here’s the link to it : Marvel Comic 212 subliminal messages
and here’s the image from imgur : 212
I’m writing this article not to debate about the Quranic verses in the comics, I respect everyone’s view about those particular verses, I’m here merely just trying to give my opinion about that subliminal messages.
so the thing about subliminal messages is that they can’t get the point across, because subliminal messages are actually not the right way to express your point of view,
in my opinion, subliminal messages shouldn’t contain any sensitive messages towards particular group of people, subliminal messages should be fun and enjoyable, since it’s hidden and make us eager to find them in the comics or movies.
and now ; why everyone got angry about that subliminal messages ?
it was actually because of our own fault !
we thought just because we’re here in indonesia, the most populated muslim country in the whole world, then we don’t have to publicize the religious rallies to the world !
I was so confuse with friends who got angry when reading furious comments in reddit, why do you think that make them angry IF we never inform them about what had happened to us, about why some of us don’t want to choose that non-muslim leader and how the rallies ACTUALLY went non-violent, and off course we are not those radical muslims !
and the most important is : why we never reached out to other ulamas/syaikhs/clerics in US, UK, Europe and other minorities muslim countries so they could pass the news to those minorities muslims and be the PR agents for us against the mainstream medias that always portrait muslims as the evil ones.
if you’re always following the news, you knew that those minorities muslims have suffered enough, they’ve been bullied and harassed since 9/11, they have gone through a lot of pains and miseries, living in non-muslim countries, try to get by each and everyday, and now we give them another burden ? think about it !
we here in indonesia maybe won’t be effected by this incident, but they ? off course they will ! they are the minorities.
to conclude ; I knew there almost nothing more that we can do for this, Ardian Syaf had made things worse than before, I knew some of you can’t understand this but he really did make things worse.
and the irony is ; Ardian Syaf should know about the Fiqh (Islamic Laws) about drawing living things, most of muslims agree that it is forbidden to draw any living objects (such as human and animals), so it’s kinda ironic that Syaf did these act to support our religious movement while most of us won’t give support to him.
and here’s the comment from reddit :
“we should stop making him famous. This guys has completely turn into jihadist and part of radical Islamist group, we can’t deal with this kind of people they will keep in their believes/faith and defensive no matter what you say. There’s no apology will throw and they surround by their jihadist supporter. Making him famous only glorifies him. That’s usually how terrorist groups start and grow”
and we already did that ; making him famous and glorify him
I wrote this post when I didn’t realise that Ardian Syaf was reported with false accusation, I already post an open letter to Marvel my next post.