Someone needs to explain to Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and spawn of Billy, what a metaphor is.
Franklin is claiming there’s a conspiracy afoot — Marvel Comics is trying to brainwash young people into accepting the “destructive” homosexual lifestyle by revealing that Iceman, AKA Bobby Drake, one of the original X-Men, is gay.
We hate to break it to you, Franklin, but the X-Men universe has been flamingly gay long before Iceman. A bunch of misunderstood societal outcasts fighting for a foothold of acceptance (and to save the world, naturally)? Does Franklin need it spelled out any clearer?
‘This is another attempt to indoctrinate our young people to accept this destructive lifestyle,” Graham posted on Facebook on Wednesday.
Perhaps he hasn’t seen the Bryan Singer-helmed films. The director himself hasn’t been shy to point out the X-Men gay connection. When asked if “X-Men and X-Men 2 represent your identities as a Jew living in America and as a gay man,” he responded:
“Well, yeah. That is also a very relevant analogy because where certain races, even a Jewish boy or a Jewish girl, will be born into a Jewish family, or a Jewish community sometimes, or an African American or whatever minority in any given area, a gay kid doesn’t discover he or she is gay until around puberty. And their parents aren’t gay necessarily, and their classmates aren’t, and they feel truly alone in the world and have to find, sometimes never find, a way to live. And what better way [to explore it] than in a giant, action, summer event movie!”
Still, we’re happy to see gay mutants in the X-Men universe. Here’s hoping the storyline makes its way into the film franchise.
Here’s how Iceman was outed in All New X-Men No. 40:
Actor Shawn Ashmore, who plays Iceman/Bobby in the films, Tweeted a his approval:
Congrats Bobby! 🙂 https://t.co/yiWcZTq1h4
— Shawn R Ashmore (@ShawnRAshmore) April 21, 2015