Gay Superheroes Take On a New Foe: Bigoted Moms

What Women Really Think
May 29 2012 5:34 PM

Gay Superheroes Take On a New Foe: Bigoted Moms

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The Green Lantern may be the first openly gay DC Comics superhero

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Earlier this month, DC Comics announced their intention to reintroduce one of their iconic superheroes—probably Alan Scott, aka the Green Lantern—as gay. Marvel Comics followed suit and revealed that X-Men’s Northstar would propose to his boyfriend, Kyle, in the comic’s next installment.

Cue reaction: One Million Moms, an offshoot of the American Family Association, took offense at the rays of acceptance emanating from the two comics. On their website, they’ve activated their mega-Jesus-gay-blaster.

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Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don’t but do want to indoctrinate 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).

Deploying turbo-bigot missiles to create a wormhole in which logic doesn’t exist, the moms lament further that “DC Comics and Marvel … are prompting a premature discussion of sexual orientation.” As others have rightly pointed out, most children are already awash in heterosexual messages and role models long before they’re old enough to pick up a comic book. OMM doesn’t seem to mind early exposure to the concept of sexual orientation—only to certain types of sexual orientation.  

However predictable the outrage (which is likely to fail, especially if a prior campaign against Riverdale’s Kevin Keller gives any indication), it’s still so delightful to think about superheroes actually helping to normalize the “abnormal.” After all, most superheroes live double lives. They hide their powers and abilities. They may be just the fantasy demographic to break down intolerance wherever it spreads its nefarious shadow.   

On a related note, Marvel Comics recently launched a strip called The Blue Ear, about a superhero that fights evil with a magical hearing aid, at the request of a New Hampshire mom whose child is partially deaf. 

Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer.