This is “Point/Counterpoint in the Blogosphere…” where we take a look at what has YOU talking. Today, I’ll be showcasing two related discussion points about a particular topic, to help you keep up with some of the hot topics in comic fandom.
The television show Heroes has become quite popular among many comic book fans and has naturally generated quite a lot of discussion. The most recent topic of interest has to do with the sexuality of one of the characters on the show.
For those not following the issue, the character Zach on Heroes was originally hinted to be gay, with behind the scenes comments confirming this. However, more recently, the word has shifted, with official behind the scenes commentary re-affirming his heterosexuality. Naturally, this has caused a lot of interesting discussion.
Dorian at Post Modern Barney reacts to this news:
Should that decision stand, and not be reversed by negative publicity pointing out the blatant homophobia of this change, it would be disappointing, but not surprising. Gay characters tend to be invisible to non-existent in science fiction, despite producers and writers talking a good game about “gender blind” universes, and the popularity of science fiction in the gay community. (Seriously, we all seem to be big geeks for it.) But, at the end of the day, there are no gay characters on Battlestar Galactica, no gay characters on Star Trek (apart from the occasional pandering lesbian tease), no gay characters in Star Wars. Even Captain Jack, on Doctor Who and Torchwood, would be better described as omni-sexual than gay.
Lyle at Crocodile Caucus has a more optimistic take on the news:
In short, there’s now pressure to set things right with those angered by the change and (again, if the rumor is true) the person who instigated it won’t be able to make a similar incident happen again. Hopefully, that’ll lead to a gay character on Heroes who’ll have a bigger part in the series’ story than Zach did.
What are your thoughts?