One Million Moms Fights Gay Superheroes

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One Million Moms Fights Gay Superheroes

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One Million Moms wants DC Comics to keep its heroes in the closet.

DC Comics announced earlier this week that one of its "iconic" superheroes is gay. Which one? That won't be revealed until sometime in June (my money's on Flash), which gives the One Million Moms, a conservative Christian activist group formed by the American Family Association, some time to do its worst to put the brakes on the whole thing.

DC originally intended to make its first openly gay superhero a brand-new character, but then reevaluated its position and decided to simply use the DC universe "reboot" to reintroduce one of its existing characters as gay. For the Million Moms, that took the situation from uncomfortable to intolerable.

"Parents may have been able to avoid a new character since it would not be one many children have grown to admire," the group wrote on its website. But now, a superhero that kids have grown up with will suddenly have the gay. "Who will they choose; Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Plastic Man, or another one of their characters that children look up to?"

And that's not all! In an even "more shocking" twist, Marvel superhero Northstar, who came out in the mid-90s while still a member of Alpha Flight, recently married his man. "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," they said. "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 [sic] impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light," they continued. "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."

In response, One Million Moms is calling upon its membership - which is substantially less than one million, by the way - to email both DC and Marvel "urging them to change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately." Unfortunately for the Moms, it's too late to do anything about Northstar, as his wedding went down a couple days ago in Astonishing X-Men issue 50, but there's still hope for Flash! (Or, you know, whoever.)

The whole thing is beyond odious, and the suggestion that exposure to gay superheroes could somehow "indoctrinate" children into homosexuality betrays a stunning level of ignorance, fear and even hatred. On the upside, the actual influence of the One Million Moms seems minimal at best. Northstar's may be the first same-sex wedding for a superhero but he was actually beaten to the altar by a couple of Archie Comics characters; that wedding attracted the ire of the OMM as well, but the campaign to force the book out of stores backfired, as the issue quickly sold out.

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When did "family" become a euphemism for "uptight conservative killjoys"?

I wonder who it could be *looks at guy with blue and red FABULOUS tights* . But seriously its these fundamentalist busy body moms like these who give Christianity a ba-......worse name.

whenever I see an article like this it reads in my head,

"you're challenging my societal norms and that make me uncomfortable."

Kinda like the Idea of a Gay Superhero that Isn't a stereotype.
It also kinda a tribute to those who stayed in the closet, now they can know that one of their favourite heroes understands what it's like.
Now for the record, I'm straight, just saying.
Also, I have to admit, now I think it's the Flash as well!

"Suddenly have the gay?"

The hell?
OMM herpin de derp again!

Why single out The Flash? I mean all of them have thights that a little to form fitting and FABULOUS. It could be anyone!

OT: I wonder if some DC higher up will come with a witty reply to those wacky moms like the Archie comics CEO. That would be awesome.

If the kids are already looking up to big manly men in spandex getting along really well, I don't really think one of them being openly gay is going to make the slightest bit of difference.

And my parents still wonder why i hate religious people.

''Oh noes! We can't have kids and teens reading about gay superheroes because then they might realise being gay is normal! We can't have that!''

Seriously when I read bullshit like this I can't help but be embarrassed. Future generations are gonna look back at us with shame.

That was so unintentionally hilarious to read, gotta love those christian activist groups.

Apparently gay kids don't need superhero rolemodels, but hetero ones do. Is it because they are already super (and they know it)?

When I first read the title of the article, the first thing to pop into my mind was "good luck with that."

No, but seriously, it's people like these that make me want to tie a bee hive to a length of string and just start swinging at them. I mean come on, they are fictional characters. Why are they complaining about how characters that have never and will never exist in any form outside of costumes and pictures.

Why do we let bigots breed again?

No, seriously...

I think they are a bit late to stop this. If it is coming out next month it has probably already been written and drawn, possibly already printed and ready to go (I'm no expert on the comic book production process).

This made me wonder what the ratio of kid to adults who read these comics are. These people are obviously assuming that the comics have kids as there target audience but is that really true any more?

"Can you imagine little boys saying, 'I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?'"
Do they think "X-Men" is a singular hero? I can forgive them for being ignorant about homosexuality, and not knowing how much one million is, but this is unacceptable!

As if they were responding to the Batshit-Signal, here they come right on cue. On a side note, does Batman even still use the light for anything other than smoke breaks with Gordon?

On a side note, my money's on Green Arrow or Black Canary. Batman would be a tad easy. Also, he's had/still in a love triangle with Catwoman/Selena Kyle (sometimes cheating on both of those personalities with the other) and Talia al Ghul (who he has a son with named Damian; family reunions must be a bitch...). Maybe a four-dimensional shape may be more appropriate than triangle in this case, but it's fairly set that's straight.

at first i wanted to pull lines and crack jokes. but the more i read the more i realized i couldn't make anything funnier than what they were actually saying.

on a more serious note, what total homophobes. this is beyond ridiculous.

EDIT; I was joking. My apologies.

Lizardon:

"Can you imagine little boys saying, 'I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?'"
Do they think "X-Men" is a singular hero? I can forgive them for being ignorant about homosexuality, and not knowing how much one million is, but this is unacceptable!

I think they meant that chidren would say "we want to be gay like they are."No need for a nerd rage about it.

Idea was stupid to begin with.Arguments about the idea are naturally even stupider.Wish DC would just cut the stunt and introduce a new guy with pants.Drama is killing me

thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable."

so one million moms are openly homophobic.

well they will probably be ignored in this anyways so go figure.

So OMM (nom anyone?) actually used "have the gay"? I'm somewhat surprised I didn't expect any "serious" group to ever use phrases like that, but seeing as they don't seem to know how to count correctly I guess that should have tipped me off first that they may as well be a bunch of trolls

Also it can't be the Flash, since it's obviously Aquaman, seriously. Look at his tights! I do believe that his tights are the most FABULOUS of them all

Because lord knows that the REAL adults in kids lives, like perhaps their mothers, can't be expected to be decent role models.

Daystar Clarion:
Why do we let bigots breed again?

No, seriously...

Because everyone is entitled to their own opinion and trying to keep them from expressing themselves makes you just as bad as them.

And when they finally act on their words and innocent people get hurt it's an unthinkable tragedy and nobody knows how it could have happened so let's continue to blame "society" as whole or invade some third world country that had nothing to do with it.

who is hoping it will be batman, just me?

DC should be really concerned. We all know hoe many comic books American moms buy.

In fact, I guarantee, a bunch of homophobes are going to buy a ton of those issues just to burn.

Wait what? So Hulkling in a relationship with Wiccan while Rictor being in a relationship with Shatterstar are ok but not this considering their relationships status happen years ago?
Or maybe they like the fact that other shortlive superhero Freedom Ring was killed off?

Andy Chalk:
Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Plastic Man

One of these things is not like the others.

Well come on! These are simply concerned parents who are wary of their children's impressionable minds catching the gay and going against nature.

Oh no wait, they're just being conservative dicks who are attempting to make their opinions the universal societal standard because god forbid that some people are different.
And that's not even how homosexuality works! There is next to no evidence that sexuality is impacted by experiences in one's childhood! The damn L Word didn't exactly convert millions either, now did it?!
And where were you people when Hulkling and Wiccan were making out on a full-page spread? How does the possibility of the old sociopath in the bat-suit or the overly masculine guy in the skin-tight red & blue outfit liking other dudes have a bigger influence than examples of your own kids' age?

Okay, I'm just say this now. Superman is an alien. The story they're all totally fine with is about an alien coming to earth and getting with Lois Lane. That's the kind of thing that sets up a Duke Nukem game. But no, that's okay, just so long as no gay people get included.

Groups like this just seem so over the top that I can't help but wonder if they're not secretly anti-homophobia campaigns designed to aggravate people and look stupid, so that others will see and think "god I don't want to be anything like them."

See they seem like a bunch of idiots, but if you read what they say and replace gay with black or jew all of a sudden it's clear how fucked these people are.

To clarify, I used "have the gay." Ironically, I might add. I just don't have it in me to play it straight when I write about this kind of stupid.

And yes, OMM are homophobes, but in the same way that Islamic fundamentalists are homophobes: It's not the illness, but a symptom. They're slaves to their religious dogma. Giving up homophobia means giving up on their most deeply-rooted core beliefs, something they were probably raised with from earliest childhood. That's a big step.

How dare they even possibly think of looking up to a gay man! That would mean they're equal to us! DISGUSTING I SAY, DISGUSTING!

Andy Chalk:

The whole thing is beyond odious, and the suggestion that exposure to gay superheroes could somehow "indoctrinate" children into homosexuality betrays a stunning level of ignorance, fear and even hatred. On the upside, the actual influence of the One Million Moms seems minimal at best. Northstar's may be the first same-sex wedding for a superhero but he was actually beaten to the altar by a couple of Archie Comics characters; that wedding attracted the ire of the OMM as well, but the campaign to force the book out of stores backfired, as the issue quickly sold out.

Oh didn't you realise Andy? We're like the Reapers you see, we appear every dawn of a new society (See ancient Greece) to indoctrinate the masses with our fabulous, so they don't try and create their own fabulous which would destroy them eventually (See lady Gaga.)

UltimatheChosen:

Andy Chalk:
Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Plastic Man

One of these things is not like the others.

pffffft... HAHAHHAHA. /thread

thanks i needed that.

While in the Archie case they were a little subtle, saying that it might be too much for kids to understand (bullshit), now they're not even trying.

"thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable" ? They couldn't be less subtle if they rolled in with a tank with the corpses of the village people hanging from the main gun, and had a flag picturing one of their members shooting down people with "Gay" written on their chests.

Okay maybe, but you get my point.

C'mon conservative moms. What's your problem with homosexuality? Don't knock it 'till you've tried it, my mum always told me....

Do they have one milion members yet?

don't these ladies know that comics have become primarially an adult hobby. The only people under 20 I see in my local shop are there for Yu Gi Oh cards.

And it's a bit late as well. Obsidion isn't iconic by any measure, but he's been out of the closet for a while now, as have a list of side and minor characters over the last 20 years.

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