new blog Nov 4, 2009 10:13:22 GMT -5
Post by scottharris on Nov 4, 2009 10:13:22 GMT -5
I do notice that these are all, like, 20 year old events.
In the current Amazing Spider-man storyline, there was a segment that caused a good deal of internet outrage. I haven't read it myself, but apparently the Chameleon disguised himself as Peter Parker and it was strongly implied that he then had sex with Peter's female roommate. When the real Peter shows up back at the pad, his roommate now suddenly begins acting like a nagging, overbearing girlfriend, much to his confusion; the sequence was basically played for laughs. After the hue and cry about this -- both the initial act and the sitcommy treatment of how it affected the girl's personality -- Marvel stated that Chameleon didn't really sleep with her, they just "made out". From what I gather, most people who read the story thought this was pretty much an instant retcon as just about everyone who read the issue came away with the impression that there was sex involved.
There have been a few of these things recently; I guess one benefit of the instant feedback and general combativeness of the internet audience is that these sorts of things don't slip by anymore without people noticing. The first issue of Cry For Justice over at DC caused got a lot of complaints as well thanks to a bit of man boasting between Green Arrow and Green Lantern about a supposed threeway that Lantern had with two drunk superheroines, Lady Blackhawk and The Huntress. Some complained about sexism and about the fact that, as part of Birds of Prey, these were some of the only strong female leads at DC and they were being undermined and reduced to a sex punchline; others, including former Birds of Prey writer Gail Simone, focused instead on the fact that this would have been completely out of character for The Huntress and thus damaged her character. Of course, some people also thought this was all overreaction to a throwaway one-liner, but at least people are talking about these issues.