One Million Moms, the group of bigots that attempted unsuccessfully to stop a gay character from appearing in Archie Comics, is back at it again. This time it’s in response to the publicity surrounding DC and Marvel’s recent news on gay characters. They are of course referring to the announcement that one of DC’s formerly straight characters is about to come out as a gay man and the marriage of Marvel hero Northstar to his long-time boyfriend Kyle.
This call to action from One Million Moms (who’s actual membership is allegedly much less than the name implies) seems to me to be just an attempt at publicity. It won’t make a difference… at least not in the way they think. Heck! I’m inclined to go buy some of the issues in question just for spite.
Below is their full press release on their attempts to have people write letter to the DC and Marvel publishers to stop sexual expression in comics. What’s slightly amusing is that they’re not just asking that gay sexuality be taken it, but all sexuality at all. So no Green Arrow/Black Canary, no Peter/Mary Jane, and definitely no Batman/Catwoman.
DC Comics AND Marvel Superheroes Come Out of the Closet
Part 1: DC Comics recently announced one of their most popular, but as of yet unnamed, prominent characters will soon be coming out of the closet. DC Comics, owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, has decided that one of their beloved superheroes will be homosexual. Who will they choose; Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Plastic Man, or another one of their characters that children look up to?
Last year, DC Comics Co-publisher Dan DiDio said that the company would not change the sexual orientation of an existing superhero and would bring in a new one altogether. Parents may have been able to avoid a new character since it would not be one many children have grown to admire. DiDio has changed his mind and will not be introducing a brand new character. They will feature an existing character who was previously assumed to be straight, will now become openly gay. Senior VP Sales Bob Wayne said DiDio’s view ‘had evolved’, comparing the shift to Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage, according to a report. DiDio did not specify which character would ‘come out’ or in which issue it would be featured. It will likely be a June issue during LBGT month, joining lesbian character Batwoman.
Part 2: And to make matters more shocking, Marvel, now owned by Disney, followed DC Comics’ announcement with a surprise of their own. Northstar, Marvel’s first openly gay hero, is going to tie the knot with his boyfriend in the current issue of “Astonishing X-Men.” This is the first same-sex wedding in a superhero comic book.
In “Astonishing X-Men” #50, which hit comic shop shelves Wednesday, Northstar proposes to his boyfriend, Kyle, a fellow snow sports enthusiast who possesses no superpowers. The couple will seal the deal in issue #51, slated for a June 20 release.
“The story of Northstar and Kyle is universal, and at the core of everything I write: a powerful love between two people who have to fight for it against all odds,” said X-Men comic writer Marjorie Liu in a statement.
Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, “I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?”
This is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don’t but do want to indoctrate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitize and brainwash them in thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable. As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27).
Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to homosexuality at an early age. Comic books would be one of the last places a parent would expect their child to be confronted with homosexual topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Children do not know what straight, homosexual, or coming out of the closet even means, but DC Comics and Marvel are using superheroes to confuse them on this topic to raise questions and awareness of an alternative lifestyle choice. These companies are prompting a premature discussion on sexual orientation.
Northstar’s wedding will be the first same-sex wedding in the world of mainstream superhero comics, but not the first gay comic books character. Earlier this year One Million Moms emailed Toys ‘R’ Us concerning the “Life With Archie” No. 16 with two gay characters getting hitched. Toys ‘R’ Us had the audacity to display “Archie- Just Married” at the front of the store by the checkout counters.
Please send DC Comics (Warner Bros. Entertainment Company) and Marvel (Disney) an email urging them to change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately. Ask them to do the right thing and reverse their decision to have sexual orientation displayed to readers.
Just after this news broke, Dan Slott (the great writer behind the current run of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’) tweeted the following response:
Actually, we already have two openly gay characters in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: Peter’s boss at Horizon Labs, Max Modell, and his partner, Hector. We just treat it like an everyday thing. Which it is. From my P.O.V. there was no real need for Max to “come out” or to make an issue out of his sexual orientation. In Spidey’s world, Max is a Steve Jobs/Bill Gates level celebrity. So everyone already knows about it.
You go, Dan! That’s exactly how it should be. Whether a character (or a person for that matter) is gay or straight shouldn’t even be news in this day and age.