If you follow comic books, then you may know that Archie Comics has been breaking new ground lately with Kevin Keller, a gay character who has joined the Riverdale gang a few years back—and has even gotten his own series. In Life with Archie #16, a story set in the future, Kevin is a war hero who marries his African-American boyfriend.
Archie Comics was not having it. CEO Jon Goldwater stated:
“We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday.
We’re sorry the American Family Association/OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.”
But let’s face it: The print-media business is hurtin’, and even the handful of yahoos who burned their copies of Betty & Veronica did some damage. So go to your local nerd den and balance the scales.