The X-men comics were literally a metaphor for racism and xenophobia. This is meaningful because it is meant to be powerful and an accessible metaphor for nearly anyone who has ever felt maligned for reasons beyond their control.
TV Guide: Is it true you and Jared had a bonding experience when you were attacked by some rowdy Canadians? Ackles: You mean when Jared, his buddy Jordan and I were jumped by seven or eight guys? There had been this fight at a bar and these guys got kicked out. They were pretty tanked. This one girl sees me walking by and says, “That’s the guy,” meaning she knew me from the show, but they thought I was some guy she had been fighting with. They started swinging at me and it was an all-out brawl.
TV Guide: How’d you do? Ackles: We got away and put two of them in the hospital. I got away first, then I turn around and see three or four guys teaming up on Jared. I was like, “Oh, man!” I run back in and I’m fly-kicking at some kid, hit another guy, grabbed Jared’s shirt — of course, I ripped his favorite shirt — and I’m yelling “C’mon, let’s get out of here!” We were pretty tight after that.