Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gay Characters Doomed Comic Sales

Alan Scot
Four years ago, Green Lantern has been outed as gay by DC Comics. After the resulting backlash and outrage, the character and comic sales has never recovered. In fact, new generations of comic collectors and comic purists worldwide has totally stopped buying the publication that featured Alan Scot, the original character from the 1940s.

"Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don't but do want to indoctrinate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light," stated One Million Moms, a Christian-based conservative group.

The decision was one of writer James Robinson, who is working on a reboot of many original DC characters in the "Earth 2" comics. For him, making the leader of the Justice Society a homosexual was a decision that was done "without a moment of hesitation," but was costly.

"Thanks to our depraved society, the Green Lantern will now be known as the Pink Nightlight," tweeted one pastor.

"Remember when comic books were just comic books?" wrote "When a boy could read his comic and dream about being a hero? And a girl could decide whether she wanted to be Betty or Veronica? No political agenda being shoved down your throat? Those days are gone."

The move was interpreted by some as an attempt to drum up media attention in the face of dismal comic book sales. Unfortunately, the reverse happened. Sales fell over US$ 20 million from 2013 to 2015.

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