Our company loves to celebrate diversity in all it's forms. Regardless of color, culture, shape, gender, alien or human, we believe including all when recognizing the heroes in our world. It's especially important considering the current political tensions around immigration and the Muslim community. On Saturday, we posted to Instagram this Harley Quinn cosplayer who beautifully integrated her hijabi (head covering) into her costume. We felt this was a wonderful example of how pop culture can bring two very different cultures together. However, while there were many complimentary comments, there were still many hateful ones that have posted over the past couple of days. Sadly, there have been about a dozen comments making reference to her being a suicide bomber, disapproval of Muslims and other racial slurs. Normally on our Instagram, we allow for opposing views to be posted- but in this case, we did not want hate to have a platform so these comments were deleted.
We understand that when cultures collide, it can produce a lot of pain and discomfort. We have seen it in our world many times over, especially in the past couple of months. However, fandom gives us an opportunity to set aside our differences and to meet on common ground. We should be able to share a common love for a character like Harley Quinn and embrace a different interpretation. Inclusion is what makes being a nerd or geek so special. We all know what it is like to be on the outside and this is our chance to make it right. Hero Within will continue to advocate and defend those that are the misfits, marginalized and misunderstood within our society. We won't let hate win and we will be intolerant to intolerance. We won't let bullies or the privileged dictate what we should love or celebrate. Our hope is that you will join us in this fight- together we can utilize pop culture to inspire and change the world for the better.
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