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OMM Boycotting Marvel And DC Comics Over Gay Characters

LavenderBatmanWe knew it was only a matter of time: One Million Moms, the right wing group who boycotted J.C. Penney for hiring Ellen DeGeneres, is now trying to rally its anti-gay army against Marvel and DC Comics for including gay characters in their fictional universes.

With regard to Marvel and the upcoming gay nuptials of Northstar, OMM gripes claims that gay men are using superheroes as a proxy to "brainwash" impressionable youth:

Children desire to be just like superheroes. 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?"

This is ridiculous! 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.

And as for DC, which announced this week that one of their major characters will soon come out, OMM also says that the company is "using superheroes to confuse them on this topic to raise questions and awareness of an alternative lifestyle choice."

Naturally the group is calling on its followers to flood Marvel and DC with hate mail. Something tells me that the companies, both of which are receiving heaps of publicity and praise for their new stories, are going to throw OMM's screeds directly in the trash.

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  1. If they really want to boycott these companies (and we know how successful these boycotts ARE, just ask Starbucks (wink)), they should take the time to boycott ALL the companies owned by Disney (who own Marvel Comics) and Warner Bros (who own DC Comics). They'll find that they'll have very little media left to consume.

    Posted by: Bryan Irrera | May 24, 2012 5:27:21 PM


  2. They should boycott reality. Oh, wait—they did.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | May 24, 2012 5:30:40 PM


  3. Seriously, are there really a million moms in this group? These ladies need to get a life. They would better spend their time protesting the millions of Muslim women throughout the world tortured by their husbands. Go protest the Muslim girl who had acid thrown in face instead.

    Posted by: Alan | May 24, 2012 5:33:32 PM


  4. Has anyone ever determined just how many "Moms" are members of One Million Moms? The only figure I've seen is a totally undocumented estimate of ~33,000, which would leave them ~967,000 short of a million.

    It would be v useful to have an accurate, verified figure.

    Posted by: bcarter3 | May 24, 2012 5:34:44 PM


  5. Is there an e-mail for Marvel and DC where we can send our support and thanks?

    Posted by: Mike M. | May 24, 2012 5:35:32 PM


  6. How many of these Million Mom's son's are going to have a secret stash of these comic books? Can you say 100,000!

    Posted by: Randy | May 24, 2012 5:35:54 PM


  7. OMM boycott? It will be the best-selling issue of all time. lol

    Posted by: sparks | May 24, 2012 5:38:00 PM


  8. They better get a time machine then, because both companies have had gay characters for years.

    Posted by: yuninv | May 24, 2012 5:38:21 PM


  9. Really? I can't remember the last time I saw anyone under the age of 35 at my local comic book store.

    Posted by: Steve | May 24, 2012 5:41:34 PM


  10. I've always been kind of amazed by this one bit:

    "placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light"

    there've been gay people for hundreds of thousands of years, some of them have been instrumental in the advancement of civilization, and yet these types of movements are so....hateful, they balk at any representation of gay people that isn't meant as a cautionary tale. this is perhaps a bit less honest even than the "my gay friend is okay with me hating him" line, in that it's impossible that these 'million moms' have never met a single happy, healthy, not-Satan gay person in their lives. But they're so afraid that their children might "turn gay" once they see so much as a pat on the back given to the gay community, they're willing to stomp around and make a big fuss anytime there's a gay story not relating to AIDS in the news.

    sigh, there's so much wrong with this whole thing.

    Posted by: red | May 24, 2012 5:44:37 PM


  11. Bryan, they don't really care. They are the American Family Association, an organization that owns over 100 radio stations nationwide, especially in the deep south that spouts a ton of toxic programming in the name of "the family".

    The AFA advocates homeschooling and filtered (safe) satellite television networks to isolate children from the realities of life. At least the Amish allow their children to experience "the outside world" and let them make their own decisions.

    Over the next couple of years, AM and FM broadcast radio licenses come up for renewal. If you are in a community with a station that is owned by AFA, you should first tune in and listen to their station and then once it is time for their license to come up, file a petition to deny the renewal of their license.

    AFA, the parent to One Million Moms is the largest licensed broadcaster on the SPLC's list of hate groups.

    For a list of AFA stations (including those that are proposed), please visit this URL:
    http://cdbs.recnet.net:8080/fmq.php?facid=&call=&ccode=1&latd=&lond=&city=&state=&country=US&zip=&party=american+family+association&party_type=LICEN&fac_type=ALL

    For more information on the FCC's broadcast license renewal process, visit
    http://www.fcc.gov/guides/license-renewal-applications-radio-broadcast-stations
    Some of the info there is for stations but you can learn about the overall process.

    It's time for us to fight AFA.. and what a better way to hit them but with their license to spout their hate (which we as taxpayers fund because they don't pay any regulatory fees to broadcast because they are considered "non-commercial educational".)

    Posted by: Michiko | May 24, 2012 5:48:48 PM


  12. They really need to change their name. Have they even hit 50,000 yet?
    AND: Are they all Moms?
    Hard to take them seriously if they insist on such a shoddy ruse.

    Posted by: JimmyD | May 24, 2012 5:49:30 PM


  13. Good luck with that, you know, since most comic buyers are adult males 18-35.

    Posted by: LiamB | May 24, 2012 5:53:13 PM


  14. I feel sorry for any child that is born to a mother that is involved with OMM.

    Out of the OMM's (35K, sad :/) out there; I'm sure they have given birth to more than a few gay kids who are going to need some sort of positive role moles (Marvel/DC) because they are surely not going to get any support from their parents. Unfortunately.

    Any young kid who is realizing they are gay could use this type of reference (gay superhero) to lend some sort of familiarity to what they are feeling and not feel bad for it. I applaud Marvel and DC.

    Posted by: Patrick | May 24, 2012 5:54:44 PM


  15. I read that with all this boycotting, One Million Moms is so busy she had to ask her neighbor Ethel to help out. Now Two Million Moms can get down to the work of destroying make believe characters in make believe worlds with make believe powers.. (that must be one busy trailer park)

    Maybe we should send OMM a white cat to stroke.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | May 24, 2012 5:56:20 PM


  16. Seriously have they not known that comic super heros have filled little gay boys dreams forever. Those tights! Those muscles!! We always secretly knew some of them were ok, so now we just know that it was true all along. Did these OMMs never wonder about Batman & Robin and what really went on in the batcave after Alfred retired for the night?

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | May 24, 2012 5:57:08 PM


  17. Honestly, who cares who the Hundred Dried Up Tw*ts are boycotting this week?

    They're as relevant, and laughable, as the Ladies Temperance Society was.

    Posted by: jim | May 24, 2012 6:24:16 PM


  18. OMM is one of those groups of benighted ignoramuses, probably created in some church basement, that bases activity on the notion that there is only one "normal" and that they know, with no doubt, what "normal" means. The refuse any implication that "normal" means anything but what they want it to mean: "people just like me."

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | May 24, 2012 6:42:20 PM


  19. You all may enjoy this quote from the cited article:

    "One Million Moms, who have a mere 47,134 Facebook fans ( an increase of only 99 since we wrote about them last week!) and who last week attacked the GAP for their beautiful photo campaign featuring Broadway’s “Book Of Mormon” actor Rory O’Malley and his boyfriend Gerold Schroeder, is actually a fundraising and email harvesting arm of the American Family Association, a certified anti-gay hate group."

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | May 24, 2012 6:46:21 PM


  20. I have a suggestion. It will be FAR more efficient if they announce a boycott of EVERYTHING, then un-boycott those things that fit with their narrow world view.

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | May 24, 2012 7:11:12 PM


  21. I have a suggestion. It will be FAR more efficient if they announce a boycott of EVERYTHING, then un-boycott those things that fit with their narrow world view.

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | May 24, 2012 7:11:17 PM


  22. It is true that children mimic the behavior of superheros. As a child, I often ran at incredible speeds, turned invisible, and fought large sea creatures. Thank goodness to OMM for exposing this insidious agenda!

    Posted by: Paul R | May 24, 2012 7:49:01 PM


  23. My, OMM has been really busy lately.

    Posted by: Ed | May 24, 2012 7:59:36 PM


  24. Someone should start a counter-petition for this; of all the entertainment organizations to cave in to right-wing pressure, I REALLY don't want it to be DC or Marvel comics!! Also I think it'd be really badass and a victory for the LGBT's to permanently debunk the notion that being gay makes you a "sissy".

    Posted by: Nelson | May 24, 2012 8:07:45 PM


  25. "I want a boyfriend like X-Men"? Did they rip this press release off from last week's Community?

    Posted by: Jmac | May 24, 2012 8:11:10 PM


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