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Old July 28 2012, 08:53 PM   #8
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Re: X-MEN: Days Of Future Past (Casting, Rumors, Pics till release)

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The name of the character was chosen by Chris Claremont, in honour of his Bard College professor, the poet Robert Kelly. The latter has confirmed the connection between the two names in interviews among his students.[citation needed] Senator Kelly has been likened to real-life U.S. senator and anti-Communist crusader Joseph McCarthy. [1][2]
If the X-Men were meant to reflect the Civil Rights Struggle, it would seem odd to name a character opposed to the activists after a Senator generally associated with progressive causes (as indeed were his brothers, in particularly the one with the same first name as Senator Kelly).
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