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Thursday, June 15, 2006
Maybe They Have A Point
All right...I'm starting to see how those "Superman is teh gay!" rumors got started.
"Is Lois gone yet, Jimmy?"
Speaking of the latest debate that won't go away, I'm sure Tucker Carlson has some sensible words on the subject:
Warner Brother studios has bought advertising time on a gay cable TV channel and Topps trading card has produced a card with Superman literally coming out of the closet. Here‘s the question, is Hollywood wise to appeal to a gay audience in this case? Interesting. I don‘t think so, Max. At least—you know, I don‘t have a feeling about Superman being gay one way or the other. And if you want to market Superman as gay, great. But I think as a marketing strategy, simultaneously pitching “Superman” to gay movie goers and families probably is a self canceling proposition. You‘re probably going to turn off at least one group. I don‘t think you can—you can market to both at the same time.
Hmmm...interesting. I guess my "Gay Money" isn't the right shade of green, and is therefore less valuable than the money of heterosexual parents.
Meanwhile, in "The Land Where Sane People Fear To Go" aka "The DC Comics Message Boards" the topic of the day is: Would they ever make Jimmy Olsen Gay. Not sure why "gay" is capitalized there, but it's the DC Message Boards, so there you go.
"Sure!!!! Absolutely!!!!! Because comics are not about substance anymore they are about shock value and the short term sales they produce. Let's kill White Beetle and make him a hispanic character. Kill Ronnie Raymond and make Firestorm a brother. Turn the Atom's wife into a serial killer and hand over the Atom identity to an asian. Make Batwoman a lesbo and Jimmy Olsen a homo. Make HUGE press announcements about the changes so that it is big news."
White Beetle? Is that anything like White Stormy?
"there were many conplants about this when it was gonna hapen in the superman movie under jj abrams. I think too many people whould get mad like me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jimmy olsen all ready had a parterner of shock value he dated a black woman at the end of ruckas arc, but they didn't do much with it. what hapend to her i think her name was jerry."
So...interracial dating is only shown for "shock value?" What's the weather like there in the 1950s?
"The new Batwoman is much ado about nothing, as always. She'll be lucky if she can survive in a teambook. As for Jimmy, why do we have to go monkeying with things just to fill quotas? Should we make him a Muslim too."
Jimmy Olsen as a gay Muslim dating a black woman? I'd buy that comic...
"I see Jimmy as one of those last shreds of innocence in the world. The boy who looks wide eyed at his hero and dreams about the future. It wouldn't be the same if he was gay. In this world, "gay" is not "innocent."
So...gay kids can't look up to their heroes and dream about the future?
"Is this a serious question or are you just wanting to start a wildfire in the already crowded "Make this character gay" threads? Jimmy is obviously not gay from his first apperance until now. There has never been any clues nor reasoning to suggest that he was so why make such a drastic character change just to pigeon hole him to make a minority number count? Leave the character alone and stop trying to fill a roster."