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Among the real-world issues that are frequent topics of conversation, wealth inequality is one that comes up more than others. Particularly with the coronavirus pandemic having had massive economic implications, the wealth gap is an especially hot topic and on Monday, it spilled over from real life to the discussion of comics. Specifically, Bruce Wayne began trending on Twitter as Batman fans discussed the fictional character’s wealth, leading to some very interesting and sometimes heated debates on if Batman can truly be a hero as a billionaire or if there is more that Bruce Wayne the man could do outside of his vigilante alter ego in order to make the world a better place.

There’s actually quite a bit to unpack about the discussion and it’s honestly not the first time this has come up. Bruce Wayne’s wealth versus Batman’s efforts to save Gotham City come up fairly often with many fans wondering why Bruce doesn’t just use his wealth to make the changes in Gotham needed to stop the issues he suits up as Batman to fight. If crime is so bad, why not look into the source of the crime from a social standpoint? If people need jobs, create jobs. If other resources are few, create those resources. Surely a billionaire has the ability to do so, one side argues. Others argue that Bruce Wayne does do those things, but simply throwing money at the situation doesn’t solve it, meaning that Batman is still needed, not to mention that Gotham’s problems aren’t always the sort of things real-world problem-solving can sort out.

With the topic trending, a lot of Batman fans weighed in with their own thoughts. Some found themselves conflicted, some pointed out that versions of the character have done great things with their money — including walking away from the fortune (specifically referencing The Dark Knight Rises), while others simply insist that the character needs to be rewritten to be more realistic in terms of his money. There are even some that point out that the real issue isn’t Bruce Wayne, but Marvel’s Tony Stark who is both a billionaire and a war criminal.

Whatever your stance on Bruce Wayne, here is a selection of the discourse that sent him trending on Twitter. You can read them below and then let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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I thought Bruce Wayne was a philanthropist.

Like, I know real-world philanthropists don’t do as much as you’d hope, but neither do real-world vigilantes, so I assume *fictional* philanthropy counts.

— Johnalogue (@TheJohnologue) May 31, 2021

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But what about Tony Stark?

i find it so funny that bruce wayne is always the billionaire of comics that gets attacked for the way he uses his money when tony stark is a literal fkn war criminal but go off i guess pic.twitter.com/3SwlaXKzTg

— dimitri (@dianaTHEEprince) May 31, 2021

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Not how the world works

Billionaires should be vilified, not glamorized, and him being the richest man in the world shouldn’t be seen as a positive. I get the whole “but he uses his riches to make Gotham better” thing, but that’s just not how the world works.

— Ky (@KyranSawhill) May 30, 2021

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The Dark Knight Rises version

My favorite Bruce Wayne used his wealth to fight climate change and provide for the whole city. And then gave everything to Alfred and the city to help orphans. pic.twitter.com/W8SIp0ZagN

— Chett Manley (Dave Plunk when not on dry land) (@ChettManley) May 31, 2021

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Tough discussion

I… sympathize with a lot of the Batman discourse, tbh.

It’s hard to reconcile a love of superheroes with “There Should Be No Billionaires.”

— Philby (@fiddlersgreen92) May 31, 2021

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He shouldn’t be a billionaire.

The biggest thing Bruce Wayne could do to help society is not be a billionaire anymore. It doesn’t matter what he does with the money, the fact remains that he MAKES that money by exploiting the poor and working-class people of society.

— AVagabond (@JRutterbush) May 31, 2021

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He can do both

I swear people complaining about Batman and how he uses his money have to be willingly ignoring the fact that Bruce Wayne helps Gotham during the day, and helps during the night as Batman. pic.twitter.com/5kZ0S9HcIr

— DC Chambers (@dceu_chambers) May 31, 2021

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But seriously, what about Tony Stark?

Bruce Wayne is trending and getting attacked for the way he uses his money while the Marvel billionaire Tony Stark is a literal war criminal pic.twitter.com/dXk8Mfu2Nc

— 🌿Sage🌿 (@PlantPupper) May 31, 2021

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Faceoff: India’s GDP figures trigger debate on Twitter

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NEW DELHI. India’s gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter (January-March) of fiscal year 2020-21 grew at 1.6 per cent, government data released on Monday showed.

However, for the full year of 2020-21, GDP contracted by 7.3%, triggering a debate on micro-blogging platform Twitter.

Some lambasted Modi government for its handling of the economy, others claimed that the figures were still positive given the impact Covid-19 had in FY21.

India’s FY21 GDP Growth shrinks by -7.3%, worst in 40 yearsGDP Growth RateFY17: 8.2%FY18: 7.04%FY19: 6.15%FY… https://t.co/MZI8oGptRJ

— Supriya Shrinate (@SupriyaShrinate) 1622463716000

‘India performed better than what IMF predicted’

India’s GDP grew by 1.6% in Q4.FY20-21 contraction at -7.3% (less reduction than previous estimates, IMF had previ… https://t.co/4ngWWz69hZ

— 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒐𝒍𝒇𝑷𝒂𝒄𝒌🔎 (@TheWolfpackIN) 1622462676000

‘Clear strategy needed to revive economy’

India’s GDP growth stands at -7.3% for 2020-’21, worst pace in over four decades.This is the official data. The c… https://t.co/Qi93H9Rnup

— Ruchira Chaturvedi (@RuchiraC) 1622465965000

‘Figures still better than expected’

As I had expected FY20-21 Q4 turned positive for GDP growth. Overall the 7.3% GDP contraction is better than expect… https://t.co/qvqB7xLcSd

— वैमानिकी (@vaimaniki) 1622473640000

‘Don’t blame the pandemic’

India’s GDP (FY21) growth shrinks by -7.3%, worst in 40 yearsNote: please don’t solely blame the Pandemic for thi… https://t.co/5QXDxLFYAQ

— Samriddhi Sakunia (@Samriddhi0809) 1622464964000

Sarcasm alert

Breaking : India’s GDP growth at negative 7.3% in the FY 21.Prime Minister Sh. Rahul Gandhi and the cabinet shoul… https://t.co/MtSJRCG1KC

— Anshuman Sail (@AnshumanSail) 1622464480000


Waiting for GDP to become a useless metric that was invented by foreign economists simply to malign India.

— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) 1622467659000

Many remained hopeful that ‘Bharat will rise’

#GDP (In Trillions) 🇬🇧 🇮🇳 1999 $1.6 Trillion $0.04 Trillion2009 $2.4T… https://t.co/Ujtz6jPn3v

— Arun 🇮🇳 (@arunpudur) 1622427900000

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John Oliver Issues Challenge to His New Worst Enemy, Cheerios’ Twitter Account

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While Last Week Tonight is taking Sunday off for the Memorial Day holiday, John Oliver still took the time to film an impassioned rant against that most grievous of social ills: cereal not new or flashy enough. While the cornucopia of sugary depravity at your local grocery store will reassure you that, yes, there are a ton of new cereals (Nilla Banana Pudding cereal? Girl Scouts Thin Mints cereal? Get into it), Oliver’s larger point seems be cereal’s lack of prominence and innovation as the years go on. Cereal has become lazy, he asserts. And he’s pointing his finger at the Cheerios Twitter account as a prime culprit.

“They’ve submitted to the worst, toothless impulses that dominate positivity Twitter,” he declares, while revealing the heart-healthy oat cereal’s saccharine social media presence. “They deliver empty nonsense like, ‘Good morning! Today is yours.’ What?!” In the hopes of inspiring Cheerios to do better, or at least, more, Oliver issues a challenge: he’ll donate $25,000 to a charity chosen by Cheerios if they “simply use their official account to tweet, ‘Fuck you,’” even bumping up the offer to $50,000 if they direct the tweet to a non-famous random user. Truly, it’s an offer they absolutely can’t accept.

John Oliver Challenges New Enemy, Cheerios’ Twitter Account

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Willow Beach closed until approximately 12 pm to manage capacity, Lake Mead Twitter account says

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Visitors enjoying the beach at Willow Beach; COURTESY: National Park Service

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Willow Beach, a popular destination for many during Memorial Day Weekend, will close for the next two hours “to manage capacity,” Lake Mead announced on Twitter Sunday morning.

Willow Beach, located on the Arizona side of the Colorado River between Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation area.

It should reopen around 12 p.m., according to the tweet.

Willow Beach will be closed for the next 2 hours to manage capacity. Estimated reopening time is noon.

— Lake Mead (@lakemeadnps) May 30, 2021

Willow Beach is located 15 miles south of the Hoover Dam in Arizona off of U.S. Highway 93.

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