Marvel fires artist over hidden religious symbols in X-Men comics

Marvel has fired X-Men artist Ardian Syaf after he hid religious references in the latest issue of the comic book. (Photo courtesy: Marvel)
Updated 13 April 2017

Marvel fires artist over hidden religious symbols in X-Men comics

DUBAI: Marvel has fired X-Men artist Ardian Syaf after he hid Islamic references in the latest issue of the comic book.
The BBC reported Wednesday that the Indonesian artist’s contract had been “terminated immediately” due to religious symbolism hidden in issues two and three of “X-Men: Gold.”
Syaf was the lead artist and was fired because he referenced a verse of the Qur’an and the date of a protest against the Christian Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is currently running for re-election.
He also drew Jewish character Kitty Pryde in front of a jewelry store with only the first three letters of the word visible.
In a Facebook post, the BBC reported that Syaf claims he used Qur’anic references out of “love” for the religion and added that he said “my career is over now.”
“It’s the consequence what I did, and I take it,” he wrote.
“Please no more mockery, debate, no more hate.”
According to Marvel, issues 4-9 of X-Men: Gold will be drawn by substitute artists until a replacement is found.
“The mentioned artwork in X-Men Gold #1 was inserted without knowledge behind its reported meanings,” said Marvel in an earlier statement.
“These implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition of the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the X-Men have stood for since their creation.
“This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken.”


Jennifer Aniston makes Instagram debut with ‘Friends’ reunion selfie

Updated 17 October 2019

Jennifer Aniston makes Instagram debut with ‘Friends’ reunion selfie

  • The star has 11.2 million followers on Instagram
  • Her account was only active for one day at the time of the post

DUBAI: US actress Jennifer Aniston made her Instagram debut this week with a post that sent fans into a frenzy - a reunion selfie with the cast of “Friends.”

“And now we’re Instagram ‘Friends’ too. Hi Instagram,” the star wrote to her 11.2 million followers.

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And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM

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Even though her account has been active for only a day, Aniston has been constantly posting stories showing the support of her friends and fans on hopping aboard the Instagram bandwagon. 

In the 50-year-old’s second post she is seen in a video, with her “The Morning Show” team standing beside her, furiously slamming a phone on a table. “I swear I didn’t mean to break it... Thank you guys for the kind, glitchy welcome,” she wrote.

Andrea Bendewald, who is Aniston’s friend and also plays her makeup artist on the show, shared the video, in which she appeared, on her account. “Uh... someone has a new show @themorningshow and is on Instagram @jenniferaniston! Let the games begin. Love you Jen and love working with you on ‘The Morning Show.’” she wrote.

American comedian Whitney Cummings commented on Anniston’s post, and said: “I simply do not know how @andreabendewald kept a straight face.”