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One Million Moms’ Comic Book Boycott Right on Schedule

One Million Moms’ Comic Book Boycott Right on Schedule

Look out, parents, comic books won’t just rot your kid’s brain, now they’ll turn him (gasp) gay! Or so claims homophobic busybody organization One Million Moms, which has just launched a boycott of Marvel and DC after the comic book publishing titans announced plans to include more prominent LGBT themes in upcoming stories.

Like so many conservative Christian watchdogs who attempt to rebrand anti-gay discrimination as “pro-family,” One Million Moms are quickly becoming a household name in the LGBT blogosphere. Any time mainstream pop culture portrays being LGBT in a positive or even neutral light, you can bet that an OMM boycott isn’t far behind. The group previously made headlines for attacking Ellen, a gay-inclusive GAP ad and an Archie storyline featuring same-sex marriage.

Towleroad quotes from an OMM press release:

Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, “I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?”

Of course, by “children,” OMM really means boys. No need to worry about little girls — naturally, they’re only interested in princess costumes. Unless Wonder Woman comes out of the closet.
The press release continues:

Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models?

They don’t, but do want to indoctrate[sic] impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitize and brainwash them in thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable.

DC Comics and Marvel are using superheroes to confuse them on this topic to raise questions and awareness of an alternative lifestyle choice. These companies are prompting a premature discussion on sexual orientation.

In addition to the boycott, OMM is urging its members to email their disapproval to DC and Marvel. But as Towleroad points out, since both comic book publishers “are receiving heaps of publicity and praise for their new stories, [they're probably] going to throw OMM’s screeds directly in the trash.”

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4:02AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

If I wrote a book, I'd love to have people screaming that it should be banned and I'd laugh as sales rocketed and I counted my money.

12:28AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Old news, but a little PSA here - "The Rainbow Batman" is an old storyline that had absolutely nothing to do with sexuality.

6:40AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

"one million moms" needs to take about 5 zeros off their name to more accurately describe themselves

6:39PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Sandy E.-Your true colors show when you use terms like "the gays" and "why pervert" in your post. Bigoted much?

6:20PM PDT on May 31, 2012

I am against the hostle take over of super heros of old. Don't gays have enough balls to come up with their own super hero or a hero look alike as in Zorro the gay blade? Why pervert the Batman we know and love?

9:32AM PDT on May 30, 2012

so let me get this straight-no pun intended-but according to these nut jobs, if a little boy reads a comic book "like that" that is what will make him gay???? not the fact that he was probably born that way right? my son knew from when he could walk and talk that people of all race color creed and sexual orientation were all around us and just the same....WOW he is a well adjusted person-happens to be straight,but it wouldn't have made a difference either way. ladies , half of your husbands are probably on the down low or seeing a hooker-stop throwing stones-live and let live. you might meet someone you really like.

6:41PM PDT on May 29, 2012

Gotta love this part:

"They don’t, but do want to indoctrate[sic] impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitize and brainwash them in thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable."

Well, they got one part right--young minds are indeed impressionable. That's how children are able to grow up to be homophobic in the first place--being influenced to think that being gay is "wrong" or "abnormal" somehow. Children are not born with bigotry lurking in their minds--it has to be taught to them by someone. I feel sorry for the children of these "One Million Moms", and hope they are able to make their own choices in life rather than being molded into little replicas of their hate-filled parents.

9:12PM PDT on May 28, 2012

One million bigots. Should worry about their rights being taken away.

1:47PM PDT on May 28, 2012

One million mom the best fre advertising tthat any one could ask for.. Ask J C Penny. :)

7:55AM PDT on May 28, 2012

"One Million Moms" still doesn't have 50,000 members. It only takes a village to surround them! :)

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