In the excellent 3D/stop-motion animated feature, ParaNorman, an 11-year-old who can see ghosts must use his sixth sense to save his town from a supernatural takeover. But more horrific than any of the ghoulies—at least to the homophobes at the Family Research Council—is the fact the film features a gay character.
The likeable, hunky jock, Mitch (voiced by likeable, hunky Casey Affleck) is only revealed to be gay in the film’s final minutes— When asked out by a girl, he replies: “Sure. You’re gonna love my boyfriend. He’s like a total chick-flick nut”—but its still a nice nod to the LGBT community in a genre that generally eschews any explicit gay represenations.
A late-summer flick initially released with little fanfare, ParaNorman has since lit up the Internet with both kudos and gripes about its inclusiveness.
On the religion site Patheos, Nancy French warned of a pending gay invasion in her post “ParaNorman Introduces Children to Homosexuality”:
“Parents who take children to the new movie ParaNorman might have to answer unwanted questions about sex…
My friend saw the film in a “red state” and she reported that “you could hear the gasps in the theatre from parents”… This line might not raise parental eyebrows in larger cities, but I thought I’d let parents know about this sexual orientation “reveal” at the end in case you want to avoid these types of conversations in the car on the way home.”
So undead ghouls threatening to eat your children are okay, but well-adjusted gay teens are not? Sheesh, parents like French are really going to lose it when Dory comes out in the Finding Nemo sequel. Well, we can hope…