Radio host Glenn Beck Wednesday joined a chorus of conservatives who are outraged that the new Ultimate Spider-Man is half black and half Latino.
But Beck went even further, speculating that the new superhero incarnation may be the fault of first lady Michele Obama.
"He looks just like President Obama," Beck complained. "This one is half Hispanic and half black. Do I care if he's half Hispanic, all Hispanic? No. Half black? I don't care. I really don't care. Half gay, all gay? I don't really care! It's a stupid comic book."
"However, what I do care about is the fact that I think a lot of this stuff is being done intentionally," he added, pointing to a remark Michele Obama made in 2008: "We're going to have to change our traditions, our history."
"It's strange how so much of this seems to be happening," Beck said. "Really? We now have a half-black, half-Hispanic, gay Spider-Man?"
Mediaite's Jon Bershad noted that the new Ultimate Spider-Man is not replacing the regular Spider-Man, and is, in fact, actually not gay.
Listen to this audio from GBTV's Glenn Beck Program, broadcast Aug. 3, 2011 and clipped by Media Matters.