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Friday, February 15, 2013

Anti-Gay Superman Author Boycotted By Fans & Some Comic Stores!

Social issues and politics have permeated comic books well since it's inception. Look at Captain America, whom creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby admitted to the character being a "consciously politcal creation" and response to the morally repulsive actions of Nazi Germany at the time. Furthermore, the creation of the X-Men dealt with the social issues of racism and bigotry.

Now, it seems that politics are effecting just more than the stories in comic books. Recently, comic fans and a few comic store owners have boycotted buying and stocking new issues of The Adventures of Superman because the writer Orson Scott Card is a well-known anti-gay and same-sex marriage opponent. 

Comic store owner Richard Neal of Zeus Comics in Dallas stated on his Facebook page:

"Card sits on the board of the National Organization of Marriage which fights against marriage equality. His essays advocate the destruction of my relationship, that I am born of rape or abuse and that I am equated with pedophilia. These themes appear in his fiction as well. It is shocking DC Comics would hire him to write Superman, a character whose ideals represent all of us. If you replaced the word "homosexuals" in his essays with the words "women" or "jews" he would not be hired. But I'm not sure why its still okay to "have an opinion" about gays? This is about equality."

San Francisco's Whatever comic book store also posted a message on their Facebook page stating:

"Whatever... will not be carrying the Orson Scott Card issues of Superman when they are released in print," reads the message posted to Facebook. "We refuse to give money to someone who will then turn around and use that money to fund more anti-gay hatred."

Many are shocked that DC Comics would even hire Card to pen stories for such a character like Superman. So far 11,000 signatures have been signed at AllOut.org to get Card ousted.

Despite the outrage, DC Comics is standing up for the writer and their decision to hire him, stating:

“As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.” 

Response from the right against this boycott has also been coverd by Fox News, of course! NOM president, Brian Brown, went on air to give support to Card and voice his outrage. 

“This is completely un-American and it needs to be stopped,” Brown said on Fox. “Simply because we stand up for traditional marriage, some people feel like it’s okay to target us for intimidation and punishment.” 

Personally, I find his statement contradictory and a double-standard. It's completely AMERICAN to boycott whatever you like in this country. The fact that an organization can boycott gays and their right to be treated equal under the law and blurt out a statement like that is a bit hypocritical, don't cha think? Man, if that wasn't a lame attempt to try to spin the victim mentality around. Don't dish it out if ya can't take it.

Now, I'm not gay. I'm as straight as you can be. Personally, I don't give a rat's ass whether someone is straight or gay. It's none of my business.

I do care about freedom of expression and speech. Sure, boycott any and everything you want. It's a right in this country to do so. Card can write all he wants about his viewpoint, but it's also my right not to buy it or anything he does write...even in Superman comics.

Even though the Superman issues Card does write for may or may not have any anti-gay or anti same-sex marriage rhetoric, I can refuse to give my money to DC Comics just on the principle alone of hiring Card if I don't like the dude.

I, however, do agree that petitioning the dude out of his job is going a bit far. DC Comics has a right to hire anyone they want...a bigot, a martian, a rubber doll, whatever. But, like I said before, if it really bothers you that much, not giving DC Comics your money is petition enough. 

I also care about being treated equal under the law in this country also. I admit, I'm not the biggest gay supporter in the world. However, I have the principle that succeeding in taking away the right of another only makes it that much easier for others to take away a right of yours next time around.

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