Let's Take A Second To Talk About Those Homophobic Dildo Tridents At DC Comics
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Let's Take A Second To Talk About Those Homophobic Dildo Tridents At DC Comics

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | September 6, 2013 | Comments ()


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News broke yesterday that J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman, the editorial team behind DC Comics’ Batwoman, would be leaving due to creative differences with The Powers That Be. The specific bone of contention? DC refuses to allow Kate Kane aka Batwoman to marry her partner Maggie Sawyer either on-“screen” (panel) or off. Now I didn’t cover this yesterday because I’m not your regular comic book reporter. Until yesterday, in fact, I had no idea Batwoman was gay. So let’s get my dubious geek credentials out of the way. What follows is not manufactured outrage of a non-fan, but genuine shock and puzzlement from someone who loves storytelling, in any form.

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So what gives, asshats? Let’s look at this from the most lurid, exploitative angle. (That’s an angle DC is familiar with.) This isn’t exactly Ace and Gary we’re talking about here. These are two attractive, fit ladies. Why wouldn’t your readers want to see them embracing at every opportunity? But maybe that’s part of the problem. They are allowed to embrace and kiss and, well, gosh, we’ll even let them propose. But marriage? Nope. Too humanizing. To consistent with their character arcs.

I have to applaud Williams and Blackman for their decisions to leave such a successful title and such a lucrative company. Their description of DC’s prohibition of marriage? “Most crushingly.” That’s the language of people who have poured their hearts into their work. And from what I’ve heard of the quality of the Batwoman series (like I said, as of yesterday), all that heart shone through.

So bad, bad, sh*tty move, DC. This is the year DOMA was put out to pasture. Your actions and your attitudes are woefully outdated. Your intentions, though unclear, cannot be interpreted in any way other than good old-fashioned homophobia. And that, my friends, is repulsive.

So let’s cleanse our palates with a far more uplifting bit of DC Comics news. This Wonder Woman cosplay? Buh-ad ass. Go get ‘em, Diana.

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(Batwoman outrage fomented by io9, Wonder Woman palate cleanser dished up by The Mary Sue)



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