I’m a big movie fan. I like to watch movies. My favorite genres are movies based on comic books and science fiction (sci-fi) movies. I like some other genres, too.
Over the last several years a new movement has begun to turn some of our most iconic characters into something they are not. This has been especially the case with having some of these characters be re-imagined as gay. Two particular characters, Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and James Bond, have been mentioned. The question being, “Why couldn’t Peter Parker or James Bond be gay?”
In a sense, even asking the question hurts the pro-gay agenda. After all, could we imagine the outrage from the gay community if Hollywood writers and directors floated the idea that well-established movie and print gay characters were to be re-imagined as heterosexual? The complaint would be that a re-imagining would take away the “essence” of the character, with essence being the sexual orientation of the character. Also, for the LGBTQ community, one of its defining characteristics is that sexual identity (except for heterosexuality) cannot be changed. Their mindset is that to try to counsel someone that his understanding of his sexual identity is wrong is…wrong.
And yet, there are many who would love to see the sexual identities of these two iconic characters changed because we are in a new culture of openness whereas these characters were created in a culture of exclusion.
While James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming is dead, Spider-Man’s creator, Stan Lee is alive and kicking. And Stan has spoken out very clearly about Spider-Man’s sexuality and race.
“I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way. But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.
“I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly, but again, I don’t see any reason to change the sexual proclivities of a character once they’ve already been established.”
If the rule is, according to the LGBTQ community, that one’s sexual identity can’t be changed so leave us alone, then “them’s the rules.” Leave Peter Parker and James Bond alone. They are comfortable with who they are thank you.