Given that it’s now 2017 and the world has progressed a bit beyond the classic paranoia and dislike of LGBTQ people and issues, it’s somewhat surprising to learn that a former fan of The CW’s Supergirlfelt it necessary to complain on Twitter regarding the show’s recent revelation and coming out of a main character. Unfortunately, that’s what went down just a few days ago when Twitter user @TaronYoung complained to a Supergirl Twitter page about having to explain homosexuality to his 7 and 10-year-old children.
Casting announcements were finally made for Star Trek: Discovery this week, the long-awaited return of Star Trek to our TVs, or at the very least our streaming sites. The very talented Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh will play Starfleet Captain Georgiou, the multifaceted Doug Jones will play the alien Lt. Saru, and Rent star Anthony Rapp will play science officer Lt. Stamets. Although this was big news, the bigger news is that Rapp, star of a Broadway show that spoke so clearly to a generation of queer people (not to mention their peers), would be the first openly gay main character on a Star Trek series, and considering the show’s commitment to diversity, it’s way past damn time. (more…)
Everyone who knows the history of Wonder Woman knows that she comes from Themyscira. On the island of Themyscira, the Amazons reside. The residents on this island are all woman who has thrived apart from the male-dominated world. Comic fans have long thought that Wonder Woman and the Amazons would logically be lesbian due to the fact that there were no men in Themyscira. However, given that Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) has had relationships with men such as Steve Trevor,Trevor Barnes, Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Bruce Wayne (Batman), Kal-El (Superman), and many others, her sexuality has always remained ambiguous.
Recently Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka confirmed Wonder Woman’s sexuality canonically. When asked if Diana Prince was flat out queer, Ruka finally gave an answer. After first confirming that “queer” is defined as “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest towards persons of the same gender,” and confirmed that Diana Prince is in fact queer.
I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, ‘Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!’
And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, ‘How can they not all be in same sex relationships?’ Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.
It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.
But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, “You’re gay.” They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.”
Buka also talks about what he calls the “Northstar Problem” where a character screams to the heavens proclaiming their sexuality. This is in reference to Marvel comics character Northstar who was one of the first openly gay comic character and also the first same-sex marriage in mainstream comics.
“For my purposes, that’s bad writing. That’s a character stating something that’s not impacting the story. I get nothing for my narrative out of that in almost any case. When a character is being asked point blank, if it’s germane to the story, then you get the answer. But for me, and I think for Nicola as well, for any story we tell — be it Black Magick, be it Wonder Woman, be it a Batman story — we want to show you these characters and their lives, and what they are doing.”
Buka doesn’t want Wonder Woman or any of the Amazonians sexuality to detract from the storyline that they are telling. The purpose is to show, not tell.
At the end of the day, she’s not a superhero because she’s queer or bisexual, she’s a hero because she’s Wonder Woman. And that’s what should be the important part about her character.
As we previously announced, the revamped Star Trek series with a younger cast recently announced that actor George Takei’s character Hikaru Sulu now played by actor John Cho was going to be revealed as gay in the upcoming Star Trek film: Star Trek Beyond. Sulu would be revealed to have a male partner and a child and although was a part of Starfleet, would be a loving family man. Writer Simon Pegg wrote this storyline into the film for all the right reasons. This seems like a fitting tribute to the actor, who after coming out in 2005, years after is run on Star Trek ended, has become a fierce advocate of LGTB issues later in life. Sure there are some people on the interwebs who might have an issue with it, but for the most part, many were welcome to the idea as a nice tribute to the actor and all he’s done post-Star Trek.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to be the box-office powerhouse, we have to remind ourselves that it wouldn’t be where it is today without the success of the first film Iron Man. In order for that film to be made, director Jon Favreau had to convince studio executives that the beginning of what would eventually become a billion dollar franchise would rest on the shoulders of an actor who at the time was not a sure thing. Robert Downey Jr. may be Tony Stark, but there was once a time where his off-screen antics made him box office Kryptonite. Favreau had faith that Downey would deliver and we all would be well-off with him cast as the lead. Because of this risk that was taken and the success of Iron Man, the MCU was able to flourish. Marvel Studios has been taking risks throughout all of their films, and each time has paid off handsomely. At this point, you can say that risk has been a part of the Marvel method. Marvel has also championed their diversity for including superheroes of color such as War Machine, Falcon, and soon enough Black Panther. Marvel has also had great female superhero characters, such as Black Widow, Jessica Jones, and Agent 13. However, Marvel has yet to include much LGBT representation in their films. Is this the next risk they would like to tackle?
Actress Ellen Page, best known for her breakout starring role in Juno, and as Kitty Pryde AKA “Shadowcat” in the X-Men film franchise, gave a speech at the Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas yesterday in which she publicly declared her homosexuality. (more…)
So how does Stan Lee, arguably the father of the modern superhero genre, feel about the persistent rumor that Spider-Man is going to be revealed as bisexual in the comics?
He’s becoming bisexual? Who have you been talking to? I don’t know…Seriously, I don’t know anything about that. And if it’s true, I’m gonna make a couple of phone calls. I figure one sex was enough for everybody!
These were Lee‘s words when the subject was broached in the discussion shown below. Now, Lee‘s comments drew quite a bit of laughter, so it’s possible it was all a crafty imitation of a crusty, curmudgeony geezer who would overreact to such news–Stan‘s a savvy old dude 😉
His punchline: “I figure one sex was enough for everybody!” is telling, as it sounds like a deliberate misunderstanding of bisexuality for the sake of humor.
He also had this to say when asked his opinion of Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield:
Oh, I think Andy Garfield is great as Spider-Man, absolutely great, In fact, I would have picked him for the first Spider-Man movie if he had volunteered.
No one asked the implied question of whether this means he believes Garfield‘s Spidey is superior to Tobey Maguire’s, so we’re left wondering….
Earlier this year science-fiction fans were elated to see the first footage from Ender’s Game, and now it’s like nobody wants to go near it. Due to the views on same-sex relationships and gay rights from Ender’s Game author, Orson Scott Card, the film has become a public relations disaster, with many fans looking to boycott the film. In the eyes of Lionsgate that is the kiss of death for their hopes of a future franchise hit.
In order to try to quell the fire Orson released a statement requesting we show tolerance to his intolerance, which only increased the call for more boycotts. For a multi-million dollar production like Ender’s Game that spells disaster and Lionsgate, the parent company of Summit Entertainment, have had enough of the controversy. Looking to distance themselves from the views of Card and referencing their own beliefs towards the LGBT community, the studio has released a statement of their very own.
How it will be received remains to be seen, but here’s a look at the full statement via Deadline:
As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from Gods and Monsters to The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of Ender’s Game. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game.
How does this make you feel? Will a future fundraiser in the form of a benefit premiere for the LGBT community help or hinder Lionsgate’s promotion of Ender’s Game? Should something more be done about Orson?
Ender’s Game is in theaters everywhere November 1st.
The Ender’s Game series has, over the years , become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed franchises in science fiction literature. However, its author’s political views are controversial to say the least.
Orson Scott Card has become almost as famous (or infamous) for his homophobia as he has for his novel writing. He has, in the past, advocated open rebellion and revolution against the federal government should gay marriage be legalized, and he is a board member of the ultra right-wing anti-marriage equality group: the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
Now if Card’s opinions were nothing more than a private matter with no bearing on his public life, then there would be no reason to object, but when an author uses his position, money, and fame to advance what many would call a hateful agenda, it becomes understandable that many in the public might seek to deny him revenue by boycotting his works.
Not long after the cinematic version of Ender’s Game was announced, Geeks OUT!, an organization which speaks for the LGBTF portion of the nerd community, started a boycott website against the film called Skip Ender’s Game.
Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.
Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.
Orson Scott Card
Personally, and I do NOT speak for Nerd Bastards here: I wouldn’t give the man a penny – and I’d actually have more respect for him if he’d stuck to his guns come hell or high water, instead of this half-assed attempt to minimize the issue away.
Despite some knee-jerk alarmist reactions to the concept of a kids’ cartoon about a 12 year old boy who puts on a magic ring, shouts “You Go Girl!” (no, really), and transforms into a female superhero, there’s really nothing all that controversial here.
Kids are pretty savvy in 2013: Even those that don’t understand the concept of transsexuality will just think the idea of a dude turning into a chick to fight crime is funny….and that seems to be all She-Zow is going for here.
This is less a groundbreaking moment for LGBT acceptance, and more a desperate ploy for ratings and publicity for The Hub, which despite a certain amount of popularity thanks largely to My Little Pony: FIM and Transformers, is being crushed by competitors like Nickelodeon and Disney.
As far as warping children’s fragile little minds goes: She-Zow has been airing in Canada for a year, and civilization has yet to collapse there.