-By Warner Todd Huston
In yet another example of the homosexualization of our comic books, an upcoming issue of the Judge Dredd was recently rumored to feature the titular character coming out of the closet as a gay character.
The comic portrays a dystopian future where the earth is made up of Mega cities and wastelands, where life is cheap and violence ubiquitous, and “judges” roam the many highways on motorcycles charged with dispensing “justice” on the spot, no courts necessary. Judge Dredd is the main character and is portrayed as an emotionless, incorruptible policeman/judge that is little else but a killing machine.
You might recall the 1995 movie based on the comic where Sylvester Stallone uttered one of his famous movie lines: “I am the law.”
Earlier this month a few panels of the next issue were leaked showing the Judge kissing a Mohawk-wearing thug in a gay bar. The panels sparked quite a lot of response from fans, much of it negative.
Writers of the comic, however, later admitted that the panels didn’t feature the Judge but rather a guy in the gay bar that was merely dressed like the Judge.
There is no mistaking the theme of the book, though. The issue does feature a gay theme; the issue’s title is “Closet.”
In interviews comic writer Rob Williams says that the Judge is far too emotionally “repressed” to ever reveal his sexual preference to readers but maybe being gay might not be a big surprise if he did. Williams said Dredd “may well be gay, straight or bi.”
Pointing out Dredd’s uniform, Williams continued saying, “You can’t look at the original costume design of leather and chains and not see a fetishistic edge there.”
Regardless, Williams thought the whole thing was great.
“It’s certainly the first time such an iconic character has been suggested as coming out and I think it’s a bold, brave move and will give gay kids a good role model.”
Because that’s what comics are for, giving gay kids a good role model?
“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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