Dear EditorIn a recent article ‘Dermatologic Features of Classic Movie Villains’, the authors found that dermatological findings, such as alopecia and scars, are associated with villainous characters in movies. Their work suggested that dermatological diseases are used as convenient cues to imply the internal moral degeneracy of movie villains. There is a concern that such depiction of dermatological diseases in movies may facilitate the prejudice against dermatological diseases. However, the study is based on the ‘AFI's top 100 movie heroes and villains of all time’ list, which contains only one movie released in the 21st century. In fact, all 20 movies analysed in the article were released in the 20th century. Therefore, their work may not reflect recent trends in the film industry.Among recent popular films, there are a number of movie heroes with distinct dermatological findings. A prime example is Professor X from the X‐men series, a mentor and leader of the team of heroes. Professor X displays total alopecia in most instalments of the franchise. Other examples include V from V for Vendetta and Deadpool from the movie Deadpool. Both heroes display extensive burns on their bodies.These instances led us to question whether dermatological findings are still
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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