An article went by my Twitter stream the other day about Green Lantern being revealed as gay in the second issue of Earth 2. Earth 2 is a DC comic set in an alternate universe, where the writers get to create a completely different mythology with iconic characters. It’s a great “what if” concept to read because anything goes. Superman won’t ever permanently die in the main universe, but he’s not one hundred percent safe on Earth 2.
So, back to Green Lantern. The news hit that he was going to be gay and out came the stories where people likened it to the end of society as we know it. I’ve got no problem with this line of thinking, but not because I agree with it.
One of the reasons the US is a great country is that I get to think what I want think and someone else can think what they want to think. We don’t have to agree and that’s okay here. We can express our differing opinions freely.
Here’s my problem:
Batwoman is the star of her own book. She’s also a lesbian, but for some reason her orientation is not being called the end of society as we know it. This monthly book is on its tenth issue. Close to a year in publication and no one seems to mind that it’s out there.
The first thing I think of, is that it’s less about the sexual orientation of the character and more about the attention one could draw by opposing it.
Lesbians aren’t very newsworthy these days. I’m trying to remember the last time a famous woman coming out was a big story, but I’m drawing a blank. It’s like being a gay man is the final frontier of wrongness. It’s also a way to generate money.
When I picked up my copy of Earth 2, the store just about doubled their order from the first issue, which hardly ever happens. It’ll probably sellout and hopefully people will actually read it because it’s a fantastic adventure. And if you check the cover at the top of this post, you’ll see that the main story is about the Flash, not the gay adventures of the Green Lantern. I’m not accusing DC of trying to cash in, I just think they want to stay current with the times by portraying different kinds of relationships. In other words, it’s not the plot of the story. I doubt Sinestro cares who the Green Lantern dates.
Could the groups opposing this stand to make money? Maybe. Interviews and appearances aren’t free. Contributions might come in to help the cause. Fine. Like I said earlier, it’s every American’s right. But be against the whole issue, not part of it.
If there wasn’t such a fuss about the Green Lantern (and the X-Men), then it wouldn’t be a news story and no one, outside of comic fans, would know about it. There’s a clear divide on how society and ,consequently, the media views gay men and gay women. One side gets far more attention than the other. Why? What’s the real motivation? Thoughts?