The people at DC Comics can certainly give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back for their recent attempts to promote diversity in the world of comic books. First, they decided that the latest incarnation of the Green Lantern would be the first homosexual hero in mainstream comics. Now they have decided to introduce the first mainstream comics transgender character in Batgirl. DC originally stood for “Detective Comics”. Perhaps DC should change it to mean Diversity Comics.
But, not all forms of diversity are welcome. Just ask Orson Scott Card who was hired to write new adventures for Superman. Card happens to be one of the many people in America who are not quite convinced that same-sex marriage is a wonderful idea and for this diversity from the standard Left-Liberal line the artist assigned to illustrate the stories stepped down, stores threatened to boycott the comic, and the new series has been quietly put on indefinite hold.
Evidently there is good diversity, based on sexual deviancy and gender confusion and bad diversity which is based on an real differences of values and opinions. Or, perhaps to put it another way, true diversity will only be obtained when everyone thinks alike. It is a pity that Orwell didn’t live to see this day. He could have added diversity is conformity to the Party’s slogans; freedom is slavery, war is peace, ignorance is strength.
Check out the comments on the article from Wired I linked to, not to mention the rather snarky tone of the article itself. The great majority of the tolerant liberals seem to believe that since they have determined Card to be a bigot, he has no right to free speech or even employment. Luckily Orson Scott Card is already an established award-winning science fiction writer, but the message is clear to any aspiring writer, toe the politically correct line or else.
- DC Reveals Transgender Character in BATGIRL #19 (newsarama.com)
- DC Comics Introduces First Openly Transgender Character (fox2now.com)
- DC Comics Artist Refuses to Illustrate Homophobe Orson Scott Card’s ‘Superman’ Comic, Leaves Project (towleroad.com)
- “Superman” Artist Quits Rather Than Work With Homophobe Orson Scott Card (queerty.com) Tolerance at work here.
- A note on the Orson Scott Card’s Superman “controversy” by way of that stuff that happened with Chick-Fil-A last year (alexwilgus.wordpress.com)
- Waiting for Hateful Homophobe Orson Scott Card’s Superman Comic Book? Don’t Hold Your Breath (slog.thestranger.com) So, believing that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman (the sane definition) is being a hateful homophobe.
- DC Comics Reveals First Trans Character (newser.com)
- Comic Book Diversity (dish.andrewsullivan.com)