A screencap of a CNN broadcast is making the rounds on social media tonight, showing a white supremacist wearing a Hydra t-shirt.
The shirt was noticed by Anthony Oliveira, part of footage provided to CNN by Vice from a profile on neo-Nazi leader Chris Cantwell which has been airing all night. Oliveira tweeted:
just noticed the neo-nazis doing security for white nationalist Christopher Cantwell are in HYDRA t-shirts. pic.twitter.com/zE7bYBTKT6
— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) August 17, 2017
Prompting this question from Tess Fowler, and an answer:
No it couldn't be then that would mean a certain comic book writer was wrong, and he's never wrong 😒
— Ricky Price (@rpriceart) August 17, 2017
The comic writer in question, we can only assume, is Secret Empire writer Nick Spencer, who once said:
If a white supremacist is eagerly supporting your candidacy, might be worthwhile to ask yourself why https://t.co/pvkyS4Ewn6
— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) August 14, 2017
But the t-shirt in question does not appear to be the same one Marvel wanted comic store employees to wear to promote their super-mega-crossover event. That was this one:
The real-life Nazi seems to be wearing this t-shirt:
And the major retailers its sold at seem to indicate it’s an officially licensed product.
But it’s also not the first sign that real-life Nazis find Hydra Captain America inspiring. Videos of the violence in Charlottesville last weekend showed Nazis wearing helmets with Captain America wings on them.
I hope Nick Spencer is fucking proud of himself. pic.twitter.com/DibJjichsy
— rosie knight (@RosieMarx) August 13, 2017
Spencer has argued that white supremacists don’t like his Captain America story.
Goes to right wing web site: Spencer's captain america is liberal sjw propaganda. Goes to twitter: Spencer's captain America is Nazi propaga
— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) August 15, 2017
But white supremacists don’t need to read the story to be inspired by imagery like this, shared on websites and social media.
We reached out to Nick Spencer for comment on this story, but he has not responded as of press time.
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