Aren’t all children’s cartoons masking subliminal gay messages intended to convert heterosexual boys and girls into same-sex loving adolescents? Batman and Robin. Winnie The Pooh. Garfield’s Otis. And now, The Adventures of Tintin‘s title character wasn’t just carrying gay understones — he supposedly was gay.
Tintin, in the role of a 16-year-old Belgian reporter aided by his dog Snowy, solved enough capers to be spun-off from the land of comic books into films, theatre productions, and a magazine. But was our spunky hero a homo?
Former politican and writer Matthew Parris â€“ who is also gay â€“ says the evidence is â€œoverwhelmingâ€.
Columnist Parris made the claim as the popular Tintin series celebrated its 80th anniversary this week.
He said: â€œTintin is a callow, androgynous blonde-quiffed youth in funny trousers and a scarf. And his moving into the country mansion of his best friend, a middle-aged sailor?
â€œAnd you’re telling me Tintin isn’t gay?â€
Parris points to Tintinâ€™s shadowy past which he says is â€œa total mysteryâ€ as proof of his claim.
And says Tintinâ€™s lack of contact with his family or girls is further evidence.
Parris adds: â€œTintin never talks about his parents or family, as though trying to block out the very existence of a father or mother.
â€œAs psychologists will confirm, this is common among young gay men, some of whom find it hard to believe that they really are their parents’ child.â€
His comments in the Times have outraged Tintin fans. [The Sun]
Of course, let’s not forget Tintin’s other controversy: Racism.