Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Archie Comics New Character Might Be Gay. But He’s Not Queer

Did you know that Archie Comics had a history with the religious right or that it had whitewashed characters in the past? Here's an excerpt from a fascinating new article by writer Lisa Foad.

Lisa Foad writes
At long last, Archie Comics (AC) — the behemoth of PG teen spirit in the pen-and-ink industry — will be furnishing Riverdale, honeyed home of Archie and The Gang, with its first fag.

So, while a queer in Riverdale is long overdue, the inclusion of Kevin Keller is hardly queer.

In fact, it’s the safest bet for a comic bent on preserving straight white masculinity.


Because mainstream culture’s fear of “deviant” (read: black and/or gay) male sexuality consistently renders these bodies politely asexual – and therefore “safe.” READ MORE