The blogosphere has a new talking point as the news that Chuck Dixon is writing a comic starring Midnighter, the gay character from THE AUTHORITY hits. Dixon is well known to be on the conservative side, but Crocodile Caucus picks up some past rhetoric from him on the topic of homosexuality in comics:
The guy who wrote âI donât want to expect to be able to shield my kids from the subject of homosexuality as the media seems intent on bringing into my home and nothing short of cutting the electricity and boarding the windows will stop it. But I DONâT want my kids reading about it in comics.â? will be writing a character thatâs been the motivation of many GLAAD media award nominations? (IIRC, The Authority never won.)
Lovely. Iâm feeling a little more motivated about writing about dropping out of floppies.
Johanna has her own reaction. Loren at One Diverse Comic Book Nation sums up both sides:
So, how do I feel about Chuck Dixon writing the character Midnighter? Surprisingly, itâs mixed. Iâm extremely worried that a part of who Midnighter is will be erased from this mini-series. Some people argue that this kind of book would not warrant him talking about his sexual orientation. Yes, it would be highly unlikely for him to wander around coming out to everybody, BUT, I defy you to find me an issue of Batman or Superman or any other comic where their own sexual orientations arenât brought up. By virtue of Superman being married to Lois Lane, we know heâs straight. When Batman is millionaire Bruce Wayne, surrounded by women, we know heâs straight. Midnighterâs sexual orientation has played a big part in The Authority. His relationship with Apollo has made him a poster child for gay unions in comic books. It just worries me.
Can we expect a public statement from Dixon soon?