by S.A. Prince
Yesterday the internet went off the rails again. No, Kim Kardashian did not post a nude picture. Trending on Twitter was the hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend. The LGBT community and those who are pushing their Hollywood representation agenda were loud and clear.
They want a gay superhero. Not just any gay superhero though. They want Captain America to “taste the rainbow.” That would indeed send a message. I mean, we just started seeing multiple black superheroes on a single production. Now, get ready to add homosexual superheroes to the mix.
To the comic book readers this wouldn’t be a surprise. The comic books are already riddled with the taboo issues we face in the world, homosexuality included. In the comics there are increasingly more homosexual characters that have “come out of the closet.” But, is America ready for a homosexual star on the big screen? #BrokeBackSuperhero
Eventually there will be a gay superhero on the big screen. There’s no stopping that. Everybody knows this. If you don’t, then you must live under a rock.
Personally, I don’t think Captain America is the right choice, but I get why the LGBT community that’s pushing this agenda would want Captain. Captain has been a symbol for American values for generations. Think of the symbolic implications of Captain America “coming out of the closet.” He’s everyone’s hero. The backlash would be incredible, as people would be resistant to the change. They wouldn’t be resistant because of homophobia per se, but because you’d be changing the image of something people hold dear.
Homosexualizing (new word!) Captain America isn’t the only change that would cause public backlash. Imagine if Captain America were black or Latino. He wouldn’t be Captain America anymore.
But maybe, just maybe, Captain America should be gay? I mean he does represent American values, right? What are American values these days? Should he even be wearing the American flag across his body armor? While we’re at it, let’s make him plus-size in support of the body image movement.
I just don’t know what the American values are anymore. And, I think that’s the bigger underlying issue here. What is America’s identity? Who are we? There’s a new movement every year, so much so that I can’t keep up.
I’m glad everyone has a voice, but what is our one resounding voice as a nation? For years I’ve heard America referred to as a “melting pot.” Everyday that reference looks a little more foolish. America isn’t a “melting pot.” It’s just a pot with a lot of different people, ideologies, and movements jockeying for power. That’s what you should take away from the #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend rhetoric.