The conservative group known as One Million Moms, is now targeting Marvel and DC for their recent comic announcements. This is the same group that earlier this year went after Toys “R” Us for selling an Archie comic that depicted a gay wedding. So what set them off this time?
Let’s start with DC:
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?
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 response to what they consider to be objectionable material they are asking their supporters to send emails to both parent companies (Warner Bros. and Disney) in order to urge a new creative direction from each comic publisher.
Their argument cites that:
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?
So One Million Moms is freaked out about the potential ramifications of the first gay wedding between superheroes, and they are equally concerned that an iconic character turned gay may push an agenda that they are not comfortable with. But lost in their objection is a very simple but honest truth: comic book superheroes are archetypes that both reflect and challenge us. These iconic characters offer creators the chance to depict real world situations through honest pathos.
They allow writers the ability to explore the possible ramifications of censorship, the potential destructive zeal of nationalism, the obstacles of sexual liberation and the burgeoning exploration beyond conventional gender roles. That’s what they’ve done and I imagine despite the objections of groups such as One Million Moms, it’s what they will continue to do.