A Response To A Rant: I'm Not Gay Either, But.....
I just finished reading this rant. Here are a few excerpts:
"Here we go… I am soooooo friggin' sick of gay characters being shoved into my comic books I could scream."
"What started this rant? The Young Avengers trade. What did it do, you ask? Well, I finally got around to reading it, and it was wonderful. It was full of Avengers, Avenger wanna be's, time travel and Kang acting particularly nasty. It was great. UNTIL the last two pages when the writer slips in the fact that two of the characters are dating each other! WHAT? Why do I care? The second trade deals with a "coming out party." As with all comics, there are some pointless scenes but this is ridiculous. AND, this was on top of the Moon Knight trade where Frenchie is suddenly gay after 20 years of being straight. Let's add this to rumors of Nightwing being gay, a gay Batwoman, the new Question being gay… I'M SICK OF IT! "
"And, to make matters worse, it's being ret-con into all sorts of books. Frenchie wasn't gay in Moon Knight when I read about him in 1980! "
"Since I'm ranting anyway, when did it become a requirement that every superhero team have a gay character? When did it become a requirement that every book have a gay character?"
"Why is it in my face??????"
He has a partial point on the retcons. While I agree that retconning a long established straight character into a gay one can be an annoying hack move at times, doing the same thing with a long established character with a less established sexual history can work. Take Robinson's STARMAN series. Making Ted Knight or Will Payton gay wouldn't have worked because they were already solidly established heterosexuals. Making Jack Knight gay early on would have been an acceptable move because he was a new character; doing so after his relationship with Sadie would have been less so. Doing so with Mikaal Tomas worked perfectly.
As for the rest of his rant, I've only got three words to say, courtesy of CGI Livia Soprano:
"Oh, POOR YOU!!!"