'Woke' Superman's Mission Is Neither Bold Nor Brave

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RealClearPolitics 14 October, 2021 - 05:26am

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Greg Gutfeld: No kid cares about who Superman kisses

Fox News 14 October, 2021 - 08:21pm

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'Gutfeld!' panel discusses DC Comics revealing latest Superman character as bisexual

Happy Tuesday everyone! And what a glorious Tuesday it is. Possibly the greatest Tuesday in the history of Tuesdays! And why is that you ask? Well, I woke up this morning to find out the new Superman is bisexual! 

Finally! As powerful as a locomotive! Able to leap from women to men in a single bound! I haven't been this excited since I learned the true identity of the Joker!

Now, it's not really Superman, as in the original Superman. He's retired, living in Hoboken and buying gold from William Devane. This is Jon Kent -- Superman and Lois Lane's son. 

He was Superboy for a while, before dad said, "Hey time to become a man." And then immediately got canceled for using gender stereotypes. So he became Superman, and hooks up with a young male journalist. Yes, so Superman is bi – and I say it's a long time coming. Jimmy Olsen, it was worth the wait. 

Because if there was one thing that was important to me as a ten-year-old reading comic books – it was who the characters were sexually attracted to. It drove me crazy. I needed to know who Batman was sleeping with – other than Robin. Yeah calling him the boy wonder, that made me wonder. And he couldn’t be sliding down that bat pole just for fun. 

I also wanted to know if the Archies were into bondage. And I just assumed Aquaman was into watersports. Thus the rubber sheets.

True - I hadn't even reached puberty yet; I’m still waiting in fact! But it pained me to think that our fictional superheroes were trapped in traditional sex roles. Spiderman could swing between buildings – but he couldn’t swing both ways. 

Ever since I was a kid, reading comic books, I saw that they had more boots, gloves, and masks than a leather shop in the West Village. It was like Brit Hume's closet. And yet I was as frustrated as a porcupine in a balloon factory.

Where were the superheroes who reflected who I was? A sexually confused young boy, with acne, no friends and an obsession with macramé. It wasn't about finding something outside my life, but something that reflected my life. Because if they don’t reflect my lifestyle, I can't enjoy it. Every movie has to have someone like me in it - or I refuse to watch it.

Sure some comic characters shared traits with me. Scrooge McDuck was wealthy, but didn't wear pants. Astroboy was short. But looked great in red boots and black shorts. Luke cage looked great in jeans without a shirt – he's as shredded as a bag of Sargento mozzarella. We shared that in common.

Hmm - no pants, awesome abs, red boots. I just described Kilmeade at the last FNC Christmas party!

My point – who really gives a damn? No kid cares or wants to care about who Superman is kissing. The guy is faster than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! I think that might pique a kid’s curiosity more than what or who he hooks up with. Especially since kids who read comics usually don’t have sex until their early 30’s.

So that raises a question: why is this happening? Why is this being forced into a medium where it's not necessary? It’s like announcing they have gluten-free crusts at a pie-eating contest. Nobody asked, and nobody cares. But that doesn't matter. 

It's not for the consumer. It's for companies to cover their asses. There's a desperate need to virtue signal to those who don't even read comic books, as a way to protect companies from being criticized for their past. And the criticism is always the same – lack of diversity.

Something you never hear about in the NBA. But companies end up trying to please people who don't even use your product. You see this with ESPN.

That network sucks because it keeps lecturing sports fans in order to appeal to a crowd that couldn't tell the difference between a jockstrap and a sports bra. A mistake I’ll never make again.

Everyone everywhere is so terrified by the woke mob, that they'll turn their art into propaganda. So they hire some miserable gender studies grad to help them create woke products that keep them safe from the online mob.

Suddenly it's no longer about adventure -- it's about indoctrination. I wonder what the Angry White Male has to say.

But this media stunt also sets a trap for critics. Meaning if you say this is the dumbest thing since salad, then you become the target. Instead of mocking this desperate wokism, the media will instead mock those who find the whole idea absurd.

So like a Chaplin film, no one actually says anything. Why? Well, we're nice people. But, sadly we are now in a world that insists we have to care.

They demand our opinion, and if we don't give it, then we're part of the problem. And just imagine how Superman feels when he's told about his character update...

And so the divide between your public stance and how you really feel, widens. Publically you say "wow, Superman - you go boy." But privately, you know what a bunch of bulls***this is.

So go ahead. Turn Superman into political theater. I don't care. But every time you expect me to care, I’ll crap all over you. Even if you didn't pay me first. 

Because, in a fair world, it’s none of our business. I don’t need to know what you enjoy sexually, any more than you need to know what turns me on... And why it requires a sock full of 9-volt batteries. 

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Opinion | Truth, justice and the American way? It includes room for a bisexual Superman.

The Washington Post 14 October, 2021 - 08:21pm

The youngest ever team fielded by United States men's national team in Concacaf World Cup qualifying was handed quite the trying task on Wednesday night, and they passed. Despite conceding in the first minute to Costa Rica, the Americans rallied with a goal in each half to secure a 2-1 win in Columbus, Ohio, earning three vital points. 

With so many key players missing -- Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna to name a few -- Gregg Berhalter's side responded to Sunday's loss against Panama with arguably their most encouraging performance under the former Columbus Crew boss. While they perhaps didn't create as many chances as they would have liked, there was a spark in this team that was absent last weekend. Despite making numerous changes to the starting lineup, the midfield of Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah helped bring much-needed stability to a game that was all USA in the second half, while defender Sergino Dest recorded an amazing goal and was involved in the second goal, which was ruled as own goal. 

Costa Rica's star goalkeeper Keylor Navas went off at the break with what's presumed to be an injury, and the hosts benefited on their second goal to earn their sixth point of the October window.

The Barcelona defender continues to prove that he's below average in defense and above it going forward. He was by far the most threatening player in attack, getting this absolutely incredible goal in the first half to draw level:

While showing off his flair, he got better as the game went on, despite being subbed off in the second half. He didn't always stick in position, drifted into the middle and combined quite well with Weston McKennie. Not afraid to take his shot, he was more of a distributor in the second half, and it worked.

After a poor start to the game that saw him basically in a bad position on the goal, he, like his team, bounced back and answered the call when their backs were against the wall.

Just before the second half started, it really felt like anybody's game, especially because of Navas' presence. But when he came off, it felt over. And when the USA's best chance came, it was. Dest played Tim Weah through in the box, and the Lille man's rifled shot hit off the post, off the goalkeeper and in. The own goal was given to goalkeeper Leonel Moreira, and I just can't help to think that Navas would have saved this.

Six points from this window is good enough. The U.S. probably planned on at least seven, but to bounce back like they did from the loss to Panama was quite encouraging. The defenders, for the most part, looked good. The midfield was dynamic and as creative as it has been, and if there was any issue it was that young star striker Ricardo Pepi didn't get the chances he would have wanted in this last match. But with a young team, consistency should come with time. 

The win provisionally puts the team back into first place in qualifying and gives them a bit more breathing room ahead of November, which is all you can ask for from a team missing so many key guys.

Lets go!!!! So proud of this group for the fight and response! @USMNT 🇺🇸 https://t.co/3LEMwPvGbS

Crucial win to wrap up this window. The USA returns to action in November, facing Mexico in Cincinnati, Ohio on Nov. 12 before traveling to take on Jamaica in Kingston on Nov. 16.#OnlyForward #SoloPalante

Amazing response to close out the window! +3 and we keep pressing forward 🙌🏽🇺🇸 #USMNT

Big home win all in 59 seconds.#USAvCRC x @VW pic.twitter.com/ziM24FLzyE

Congrats boys! 💪💪 @USMNT

🗣LET THE BOYS BALL 🇺🇸 https://t.co/0ZvxmCnwTv

Congratulations @sergino_dest on being selected as today’s Insiders Man of the Match 👏 pic.twitter.com/aBjhG2Kq9K

Live from @LowerFieldCbus following today's 2-1 win vs. Costa Rica. https://t.co/yE85GCxgPM

Long road and we continue. Proud of ya, Tim Weah. 👊 pic.twitter.com/be49baHzrN

Thank you for the love tonight, @LowerFieldCbus!#BestFansInTheWorld ❤️ pic.twitter.com/U1dtm3M7ZF

Fought for it and earned it. 3 points at home to close out this #WCQ window.#OnlyForward #SoloPalante | @VW pic.twitter.com/QxUu5tXZIZ

Update: The goal has been called an own goal. But, it's 2-1 and our guys made it happen so, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/zwDXswo1Hf

TIM WEAH GETS THE BOUNCE TO PUT THE USMNT UP 2-1 🙌 pic.twitter.com/9rzF6zztok

Dest plays Weah through, and he just rifles it and it finds its way in after hitting the post and then the goalkeeper! 

It's Hoppe that is coming on for the USMNT.

Half an hour to go, and not a lot of clear chances in this second half. The subs have to come soon, and we'll see what Berhalter decides to do. I'd go Busio to bring some more creativity into the side.

Yikes! Ruiz goes alone in on goal off a poor pass from Miles Robinson, but he recovers to stop the 36-year-old. Fortunate there for the U.S.

Sergino Dest is down with an injury..unclear if he will continue but looked like his ankle.

Well, well, well. Great news for the USMNT as superstar goalkeeper Keylor Navas is coming out ... unclear why, but what a blow for Los Ticos.

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Revelation of Superman’s bisexuality is a win for LGBTQI+ representation in the superhero genre

The Indian Express 13 October, 2021 - 09:20pm

To the surprise and delight of many fans — and the grumblings of a few — Superman has come out as bisexual. Jon Kent, who has recently taken on the burden of the good fight from his father Clark Kent, is in a relationship with a male journalist named Jay Nakamura, according to publisher DC Comics, which shared some artwork from the fifth issue of the Superman: Son of Kal-El series this week.

It may seem to some that the writers are merely jumping onto a bandwagon of a sort — as alleged by Dean Cain, who played the character in the 1990s TV series. After all, Superman isn’t the first superhero to come out of the closet, especially in the last two decades. The list of queer heroes in DC alone includes Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Batwoman and the third Robin, Tim Drake, who came out as bisexual in Batman: Urban Legends in August.

Yet, the Man of Steel’s bisexuality is a big deal for many reasons, not the least of which is that this is yet another blow against the sexism and queerbaiting that has plagued the genre. LGBTQI+ fans of the comics have long lobbied for the queercoding in the stories — double lives and multiple identities, the homoerotic overtones of many of the male relationships, notably between Batman and Robin — to be elevated from subtext to text. And recently, it seems like the writers have listened, making explicit the queer aspects of existing characters, introducing new LGBTQI+ characters and canonising pet fan theories and “ships”. Still, a fuller representation was slow to come, especially as the largest populariser of the superhero genre, the Marvel cinematic universe (MCU), has stayed rigidly heteronormative (except in the case of Loki who was recently identified as gender-fluid and bisexual, like he has been in the comics). In such a context, a bisexual Superman — still the most popular superhero, despite the MCU juggernaut — is well worth celebrating.

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