We rarely talk about Archie Comics around here, because, really, there’s not much to talk about, aside from “Life with Archie”, which is actually well-written and worth seeking out if you’re into “slice of life” comics, and Kevin Keller, the incredibly bland gay guy who brings out Reggie’s bisexual tendencies.
And now (Less Than) One Million Moms is after both, since “Life With Archie #16” features Kevin getting married. To a Black guy. And it’s on the cover. If the name sounds familiar, these were the people who went after JC Penney over Ellen DeGeneres being a spokesman and are so ridiculously homophobic even Fox News commentators call them out. We just assuming they’re racist as well.
LTOMM is going after Toys ‘R Us, due to the cover at right, being sold in select locations.
This is their exact statement:
Select Toys ‘R’ Us stores are now selling ‘Archie’ comic books with a same-sex wedding displayed on the front cover. The front cover reads “Just Married” with two men marrying and one is wearing a service uniform. This comic book is being sold in select stores across the country. One example is the Queensbury, NY location in the upstate New York area.
Toys ‘R’ Us employees do not actually set up the displays; they leave this up to the vendor, but they should be aware of the merchandise being sold in their stores nonetheless. These comic books are sold at the front checkout counters so they are highly visible to employees, managers, customers and children. Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary.
A trip to the toy store turns into a premature discussion on sexual orientation and is completely uncalled for. Toys ‘R’ Us should be more responsible in the products they carry.
We could rebutt that, but Louis C.K. really has the best response:
Also, we’re buying the s*** out of “Life with Archie” #16. And also a copy of “Archie Meets KISS” and mailing it to LTOMM.
[ via Comics Alliance ]
image courtesy Archie Comics