Saturday, April 13, 2024

DC Comics sparks LGBT+ fans ire after Pride tweet

Pride Month is here, which means that it’s time to celebrate everything LGBT+. It also means that online, you’ll see a lot of organizations and companies changing their icons to rainbows and what have you, as well as putting out messages of support. DC Comics is no exception to this, but LGBT+ fans reception this year has been far from approving.

DC Comics posted the following image to Twitter last Friday. As you may be able to tell from the incredible amount of replies, it wasn’t met with a harmonious response, and not because there were angry homophobic fans.

While companies do not have to actively participate in showing support, the LGBT+ community, as a whole, doesn’t necessarily have to be grateful for when they do. And from the replies, it was obvious that this tweet was given the ‘this you?‘ treatment by LGBT+ fans that are tired of how DC Comics have handled their queer characters.

Why are fans mad? A quick glance will show that fans of the iconic duo, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, have felt left out by DC Comics for a very long time. One fan made a thread about how the company have been pushing Harley and Ivy into more of a ‘sisters’ or ‘best friends’ role for the past few years – starkly different from comics like Gotham City Sirens and DC Bombshells where they were in a romantic relationship with one another. While Harley and Ivy are giving us ‘endgame’ vibes in the Harley Quinn animated series, comics wise, the two have never been further apart. It doesn’t help that Ivy may or may not be dead, either.

It isn’t just Harley and Ivy that fans are calling DC Comics out on. Wonder Woman and Catwoman have been brought up in having their bisexuality erased in storylines that do not acknowledge their sexuality in an organic way. Even Batwoman, our favourite lesbian heo, has been shoved to the side.

As of now, DC Comics have remained silent on the backlash from LGBT+ fans.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.