Back in May, Bleeding Cool looked at American talk show host and conservative political commentator Sean Hannity's tendency to wear a Punisher Stars And Stripes lapel pin on Fox News. Featuring the flag of the USA laid over the symbol of Marvel Comics vigilante serial killer, The Punisher. But it's not the only one he owns, back in April, in a report tweeted out by Donald Trump, he was wearing a silver Punisher skull pin then as well.
But since then, it seems that Hannity has dropped the pin, causing some folk to query him as to his decision.
It was taken as a reference to QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory detailing a supposed secret plot by an alleged "deep state" against Donald Trump and his supporters. Bleeding Cool has covered the increasing use of the Punisher logo by police, military and militia groups, and those promoting QAnon theories. Marvel Comics has been fighting them in the courts when they've tried to trademark it, actors have criticized it use, police commissioners have also criticised their use and comics creators have divided over its use. Marvel has even addressed this in the comics, with the Punisher threatening police who use his symbol.
Nate Powell wrote and drew a strip called About Face looking at just how the Punisher logo had been used by many groups and had been commodified.
Punisher creator Gerry Conway stated before, "Conspiracy theories are a result of irresponsible Fox "News" personalities like @seanhannity, @JudgeJeanine, @lauraingle and @TuckerCarlson giving voice and approval to fringe lunatics. Shame on #FoxNews and the #Murdochs" while as to Sean' badge of choice, saying "The Punisher would kick @seanhannity's pasty white ass and make him cry like the witless baby he is, then tear off that Punisher logo pin and make him eat it. #PunisherHatesNazisAndWhiteSupremacists."
Could any of this have affected his Punisher-wearing support?