Thanks! I may have to do it as a back issue when it has made its way over here then.
Cause that isn't really exclusive to homosexuality.
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Or rather "Dredd could be gay; his uniform is fetishistic, after all".
It would be pretty cool if Dredd came out as gay, you'd have a gay comic book character that 1) wasn't an awful stereotype and 2) could easily kick ass of any homophobe!
It's 2013, time to grow up people.
I'm keen to see how the story pans out (a Dredd fetish is a good central idea), but I'm a little disappointed to learn that being gay is still a cause of domestic tension in MC-1 (even if not illegal). Given the replacement of many modern subjects with humorous analogues (sugar for cocaine, simping for religion, comics for banned literature, sexmex for teenage masturbation, along with the normalisation of male pregnancy, body uglification etc.), I would have thought the average MC-1 father might have been completely unmoved by his son's homosexuality, or at the very least more concerned about the possibility of his romantic involvement with sentient munce, or aversion to batgliding, or somesuch.
Darn, meant to add: how would we ever even know if Dredd was gay, straight, bi or for that matter attracted to vacuum cleaners? To coin a phrase, he might have the itch, but he sure ain't scratchin'.
"a shame Williams (accidentally, I'm sure) equates homosexuality with fetishism, in this interview."
That wasn't my intention and it's not something I believe. Possibly could have been a little more erudite in my reply there.
There is also the point the way the costume looks and what that might imply is mote, as its a uniform he wears for his job and not a reflection of personal choice. To be fair much as Dredd's sexuality, as Rob Williams said Dredd's all about repression, so in effect he's neuter and I'm sure if he started to glaze with wonder at the ass of man, woman or goat for that matter, he'd be straight to stocks to draw out an even tighter fitting pair of boots!
The fact that Rob Williams is tackling homosexuality in Mega City One is cool though. One thing that Mega City One and the stories set in it, excel at is exposing and satirising some of the more ridiculous extremes of our society. To do that he has to have homophobia exist in the city so he can (I hope and assume) point out how bloody ridiculous it is in this day and age.