Bertone hates Betty #3


That’s right folks, I’m back to beat the dead horse which is my disdain of Ms. Brant. Surely there can’t be more offenses? I hate to say it, but we haven’t even scratched the surface yet

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In the last feature of “Bertone hates Betty”, I posted a few panels from “Amazing Spider-Man” issue 280 where Betty ponders why she didn’t realize that sleeping with Flash Thompson was hurting his girlfriend Sha Shan. That thought process is horrible in and of itself. Let’s now look at the rest of that page..

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He should have answered “What I should have done 100 issues ago”. At this point Ned is very aware of Betty’s dalliance with Flash Thompson.

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Ned brings up good points. “What about our marriage”. Where did this sudden concern for her marriage come from? Even before Flash Thompson, Betty had left Ned ON THEIR HONEYMOON to restart things with Peter. Betty has some nerve.

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“Doesn’t it mean anything to you?!”

WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS!!! I’m so glad Ned calls on her on it.

Well here we have Ned asking her a simple question. All she has to do is acknowledge that she loves him. Surely that can’t be too difficult for her to do. Right. Right? Right?

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SHE DOESN’T EVEN ANSWER HIM. SHE DOESN’T EVEN LOOK HIM IN THE EYES. Let me remind you that this is a mere panel after she asks if the marriage means anything to him. All she had to do was say she loved him….she won’t even give him that!! People who wonder what my problem is with Betty, look no further!

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Oh you do love Ned? Gee, maybe that’s something you should have said to him out loud when he asked you. “Maybe I just don’t love you enough”…enough to what? Enough to tell him? Enough to not cheat on him multiple times with multiple men?

In honor of “Hobgoblin Lives” being reprinted this week (BUY IT NOW), let’s see how Betty recalled this event. She had a dream about it in “Hobgoblin Lives” issue 1. She regret her actions? She realize she did wrong by Ned?

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So Betty’s version of the events is Ned abandoning her and the marriage….then terrorizing her…then chasing her as a giant. I always point to the page from “Amazing Spider-Man” issue 280 as one of Betty’s worse offenses. It always comes down between that an issue 184. It was nice to see Stern revisit it, even if it shows how out of touch with reality Ms. Brant is. Before anyone tries to tell me, yes I am aware that Betty doesn’t really think Ned is a giant and that it’s a dream. It’s the fact that the dream twists their conversation to make Betty the victim. Sigh. Betty and Hobgoblin have a discussion about Ned’s final days in “Hobgoblin Lives” issue 3.

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I will readily admit that Ned’s brainwashing did not make things easy for Betty. I do wish she would take SOME responsibility for her actions though. Don’t forget, she had other discretions before Ned was ever brainwashed. For all we know, she may have wound up with Flash regardless of Ned’s state of mind. Whatever the case Betty treats it as “OH! So it was Hobgoblin’s fault that I had an affair not mine!”.What makes it worse is the way she phrases it. That is what kills me. “These side effects led to the MISUNDERSTANDINGS all the pain between Ned and me and Flash Thompson.”

Back the truck up.

Misunderstandings?!??!

There was no misunderstanding. You had an affair. You were caught. This isn’t Three’s Company. Ned didn’t overhear you and Flash planning his surprise party and think you two were having an affair. You cheated on your husband and you were caught! I don’t get how she can write it off as a “misunderstanding”. Oh well, I suppose it’s Hobgoblin’s fault anyway. After all, if it was Betty’s then that would make her a horrible person.

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