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Green Lantern is gay! No, not that one....and not that one either.

8:31 pm - 06/01/2012
DC Comics’ New Gay Character Is Green Lantern Alan Scott

DC Comics has been teasing the reveal of a major gay character for some time, and they’ve finally revealed who it will be: Alan Scott, known as Green Lantern, a media mogul, will be revealed to be gay in a story that resets his character. When this news came out, I said it would be best if the supposedly-iconic character DC was going to have come out was someone for whom the revelation that he or she was gay helped tie together things we’d always known about the character and their personality, much as J.K. Rowling did with Albus Dumbledore. I’m not sure if a pure reset of an existing character quite does that. And over at Topless Robot, Rob Bricken explains that the move isn’t as bold as DC insisted it would be, in part because Scott is not even the most prominent Green Lantern in comics today, and in part because his arc as a gay man will be taking place in an alternate DC Comics universe, rather than altering our sense of the core universe, where a straight Alan Scott presumably is still going about his business.

DC Comics was never going to turn one of their genuinely iconic characters gay. An out and proud Batman would have been a great joke on moralists like Frederic Wertham, the psychiatrist who saw sexual perversion everywhere he looked in comic books. A gay Superman would have been a fascinating exploration of what it means to feel like an alien in human society. But it’s hard to imagine that DC would have done something so bold simply to demonstrate its commitment to diversity, or to compete in a market where Marvel Comics, and even Archie Comics, are directly selling themselves both to gay readers and to straight readers who live among and love the gay people in their lives.

Checking the box and including a gay character in your universe, whether you frame them as a stereotype or develop them well or not, isn’t really enough to earn a company points anymore. And I actually think the somewhat disappointed reaction to this revelation is a good thing because it suggests that our expectations are getting more ambitious. If companies want credit for doing something different and genuinely brave, rather than simply meeting their basic obligations to represent the world around them, they need to tell stories or highlight kinds of characters that no one else has the courage to represent. The L.A. Complex gets points for portraying gay characters who aren’t white and male, the standard television default. Happy Endings gets credit for showing us a gay man who’s chubby, romantic, semi-downwardly mobile. Maybe DC Comics will do something genuinely exciting with Alan Scott, but it’s fine not to shower the company with gratitude for simply nodding towards a diversity quota, and doing so with the same kind of gay person who’s been acceptable in pop culture for years: rich and white.

Getting rather tired of all the dudebro comments saying it should have Wonder Woman or Power Girl...

source: http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2012/06/01/493748/dc-comics-new-gay-character-is-green-lantern-alan-scott/
temperance_k Re: Heh, it seems like it3rd-Jun-2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
I KNOW. But in my perfect Batman world...

/delusional, obviously
childish Re: Heh, it seems like it3rd-Jun-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
I think Bruce likes being the mercy of powerful women, because if you look at who he actually likes the best....
temperance_k Re: Heh, it seems like it3rd-Jun-2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
I was actually just saying to myself yesterday that if anyone was a ~secret submissive~, it would be Batman. Or maybe not so secret at this point?
childish Re: Heh, it seems like it3rd-Jun-2012 01:58 pm (UTC)

^- His babymama
meran_flash Re: Heh, it seems like it3rd-Jun-2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
I fucking love Talia so much.
beoweasel Re: Heh, it seems like it4th-Jun-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
His babymama rapist

meran_flash Re: Heh, it seems like it4th-Jun-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
That was a ridiculous retcon by a terrible writer that has been supported no where else in canon.

So, no.
childish Re: Heh, it seems like it4th-Jun-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Grant said he never meant it in that manner, and it has been fixed since the relaunch anyway (though that matter was only referred to once)

So babymama :P
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