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The Adventures of the Capeshit League, Part II

19 Dec

Remember, Blair Nathan asked:

Well, today we learned that the American government listed Wakanda as one of its trading partners:

The US Department of Agriculture listed Wakanda as a free-trade partner – despite it being a fictional country.

A USDA spokesperson said the Kingdom of Wakanda was added to the list by accident during a staff test.

The department’s online tariff tracker hosted a detailed list of goods the two nations apparently traded, including ducks, donkeys and dairy cows.

In the Marvel universe, Wakanda is the fictional East African home country of superhero Black Panther.

The fictional country was removed soon from the list after US media first queried it, prompting jokes that the countries had started a trade war.

Wakanda first appeared in the Fantastic Four comic in 1966, and made a reappearance when Black Panther was adapted into an Oscar-winning film last year.

[…]

After the listing was removed, a USDA spokesman told the Washington Post that Wakanda’s listing was added as a test file for staff, and was never supposed to be public.

“The Wakanda information should have been removed after testing and has now been taken down,” he said.

After its removal, an Orlando-based reporter asked: “So do we, or do we not have free trade with Wakanda? Also where are things at on negotiations with Agrabah?”

So yes, we are all living in a Marvel / DC crossover movie written for 11-year-olds; at least, that’s the mental age of the mental midget affirmative action hires working in the American bureaucracy, needing to believe in make-believe African First World kingdoms, pretending they’re real and that America trades with them. Seriously.

MARVEL/DISNEY Image caption Wakanda is a fictional East African country from Black Panther, which was adapted into a film last year

 

 

7 responses to “The Adventures of the Capeshit League, Part II

  1. Will S.

    December 19, 2019 at 6:55 pm

     
  2. Greenmantlehoyos

    December 19, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Actually not upset about this at all. Long tradition of test files using functional characters, places, what have you. More than one file has recipients like Fred Flintstone or is being sent to Bloom County or what have you. It’s a bit of fun in a boring part of the job.

     
    • Will S.

      December 19, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      Oh, I’m not upset either, and yeah, I get that. But it further amuses me that they HAD to use Wakanda. They had to pretend it was real. Millennials can’t get away from Star Wars and Harry Potter metaphors, and many of them, esp. those of less light hue, can’t get away from Wakanda…

      Pop culture is as real, at least, to these people as reality; they can only see reality in fact through a pop culture lens. It’s amusing, and sad. Not upseting. Just head-shaking-inducing…

       
  3. c matt

    December 20, 2019 at 10:01 am

    I was thinking what a sad state of affairs in the film biz that Black Panther got an Oscar. Then I thought it even sadder that BP probably deserved it over the others.

     
    • Will S.

      December 21, 2019 at 1:03 am

      Sad, indeed…

       

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