By this point, if the right hasn’t trained you to be very wary of organizations using “family,” “freedom,” “American,” or “Constitution” in their name, there’s not a lot we can do for you. Maybe check your pulse. At any rate, one such organization is the American Freedom Defense Initiative; the AFDI, which was organized by notorious right-winger bigot and Tea Bagger Pam Geller, has garnered some attention in the past due to their Islamophobic bus and subway ads.
The AFDI has sued in the past to have their bigoted message put up on public transportation. They won in New York, and San Fran apparently didn’t even bother trying to stop them. This, of course, hasn’t stopped some enterprising and creative graffiti artists from doing the job themselves — and they’ve done it in a lovely and very ironic way: They used Marvel’s première Muslim superhero, Ms. Marvel, to do it.
The AFDI ads often draw false-equivalences between Muslims and Nazis, because that’s how you show your side has credibility: Godwin yourself right out of the gate. These ads are idiotic plan and simple, and they’re extremely offensive (that they’re supposed to be, so they do a good job there). They’re designed to spread libel about an entire religion, and dehumanize followers of that religion with a mix of fear, lies, and propaganda. However, these were ads were run in San Fran, a relatively liberal city. Thus, it’s only natural that someone saw it fit to improve them:
The young woman with the lightning bolt is the new Ms. Marvel; her name is 5
It’s true, graffiti is technically illegal. Perhaps the AFDI could counter with a comic character they want to emulate — the Red Skull, perhaps?