by Brett White
Rising Tide may be the name of the Anonymous-esque online organization determined to out any and all instances of superhuman activity on ABC’s new TV show “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” but it turns out the name hits a little too close to home for one real world volunteer group. And by “close to home” I mean right on top of it.
The real Rising Tide, a group dedicated to work on climate change issues whose membership spans four continents, isn’t too keen on being associated with a fictional group on a pretty popular TV show. The group has hoped to distance itself from the Marvel Comics group by issuing a statement on its website.
In this spinoff of the popular Avengers movie series, Rising Tide is a shadowy cyber-terror group similar to Anonymous. Their role in the show is to expose super humans, like the Hulk and Thor, and secret government agencies like S.H.I.E.L.D. In our estimation, exposing governmental secrets and lies is a most worthy pastime and similar to what groups like WikiLeaks and Anonymous have done in real world. Unfortunately, the series plays to our mainstream culture’s fears around anarchists and radicals, and portrays the group as a threat to national security. Some reviews call the group “cyber-terrorists.” This is par for the course in a Hollywood that uses pop culture to turn government agents into heroes and seekers of truth, justice and ecological sanity into evildoers.
While some might argue that this can only help increase the real Rising Tide’s profile, and might even throw in a “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” bit in there, their post says this is not the case.
“But the big problem for Rising Tide North America is that Whedon’s show uses our name and a very similar logo to ours for his villains,” the article continues. “In a most humiliating blow, at the end of the first episode, the lead Rising Tider, Skye, actually joins S.H.I.E.L.D. as an asset. So not only are we depicted as terrorists, but one of our own actually switches sides and joins the police state.”
Wired has linked to a petition started by Rising Tide North America urging the Disney Corporation to stop using the name Rising Tide on the series. So far the petition is a couple hundred shy of it’s goal, just as Rising Tide continues to play a big role in the series.
While we doubt that the organization will disappear from the series altogether, we’ll keep our ears open for a name change.
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