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Flat Beer and Cold Pizza Inactive Member12 May 2012 4:45 p.m. PST

come out of the closet:
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Do you think comics are biased against Minorities and the Gay community, as this article asserts?

chuck05 Fezian12 May 2012 5:47 p.m. PST

Do you think comics are biased against Minorities and the Gay community, as this article asserts?


No.

enfant perdus12 May 2012 6:46 p.m. PST

I think they missed one with Green Arrow.

Costumed as the Peter Pan version of Robin Hood.
Secret Identity: Oliver Queen.

Settle down folks, that's just a joke.

I haven't read comics for 30 years, so I have no idea what biases exist. From what I recall, they have a dim view of world (and galactic) domination. Also, Nazis.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2012 7:12 p.m. PST

Don't ask, don't tell.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP13 May 2012 3:42 a.m. PST

That is ridiculous, comics have embraced diversity at least since the 1960s. The X-men started out as an alegory about segregation and had strong pro-civil rights sentiment. In the 90s it certainly took a symbolic strong stance for gay rights and there have been openly gay super heroes since the mid 90s at least.

At the same time the comics are mostly written for white teenage males so if they are going to have some resonance they have to appeal to the target audience.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2012 8:20 a.m. PST

There are plenty of LGTB characters in comics, maybe not as many as "standard diversity" would require, even though a number of characters have been all over the place because a particular writer preferred that character to fish in a certain pond rather than the other.

I think the worst example was a Legion of Superheroes character that was transgender male to female (something to with powers IIRC), had a relationship with another character, but when the character reverted back to male, they continued their relationship. Somebody at DC thought that was a bit too icky for their tastes and completely nixed the whole thing with an industrial dose of retcon. Seems to have been a big thing to some people as it is often referred to as one of Comicdom's greatest lesser moments.

The fear of offending a certain segment of the population has kept publishers from erring on the side of safety and retcon character's sexuality whenever they felt they wouldn't get away with it. With comic books still seen as kiddie fodder, there are still people ready to slap you about with a large-print hardcover edition of "Seduction of the innocent".

Never had a problem with gay characters, but I do have a problem with people who think every character should be gay to better serve "diversity" …

Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2012 3:30 p.m. PST

Silly.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2012 7:56 p.m. PST

Utter drivel. Don't we have a board for that?

Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2012 2:49 a.m. PST

Patrick R
"Never had a problem with gay characters, but I do have a problem with people who think every character should be gay to better serve "diversity" …"
Thank you, nuff said.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member14 May 2012 8:41 a.m. PST

Don't we have better things to worry about in real life vs. what happens in comic books?
beer

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP14 May 2012 10:10 p.m. PST

"Don't we have better things to worry about in real life vs. what happens in comic books?"

You could say that about the entirety of TMP.

Greyalexis06 Jun 2012 8:10 a.m. PST

I just dont like people taking characters that were not gay and brining them into another timeline and making them gay just to because they want a gay charcter.

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