Comic artist fired for se­cret anti-Ahok sig­nals

Southeast Asia Globe - - Rear Window -

Comic book gi­ant Marvel has sacked In­done­sian artist Ar­dian Syaf af­ter the il­lus­tra­tor was found to have snuck anti-Chris­tian ref­er­ences into the first is­sue of the X-Men Gold comic se­ries. The two hid­den mes­sages – a ref­er­ence to a verse in the Qur’an widely used to dis­credit out­go­ing Jakarta gover­nor Ba­suki ‘Ahok’ Tja­haja Pur­nama and a nod to an in­fa­mous rally against the em­bat­tled in­cum­bent – were spot­ted by keen-eyed In­done­sian X-Men en­thu­si­asts af­ter the comic’s re­lease in early April. Syaf, who at­tended the anti-Ahok rally last De­cem­ber, has de­nied be­ing anti-Chris­tian and said that he was only try­ing to com­mem­o­rate the mass protest in his work. Last month, Ahok lost his po­si­tion to Mus­lim chal­lenger Anies Baswedan in a bit­terly fought elec­tion that fo­cused on the gover­nor’s race and re­li­gion.

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