Drudge Report Thinks New Spider-Man ‘Could Be Gay,’ Glenn Beck (and Colbert) Protest Diversity
By Laura Hudson
The media has predictably worked itself into a frenzy over the news that the new Spider-Man of Marvel Comics’s Ultimate line is going to be half-black and half-Hispanic, with right-wing commentator Glenn Beck bizarrely attributing the character to First Lady Michelle Obama, and the Drudge Report even more bizarrely suggesting that the character “could be gay.” I mean, I don’t know. I guess he could be gay, in the same way anyone you meet at random could potentially be gay. And yet I so rarely drop that after an ellipsis when describing pictures of strangers, probably because homophobic pandering just isn’t my bag.
There’s a little more to dig into with the Beck commentary; you can listen for yourself below, but just in case you want to save two minutes of your life, I’ve transcribed the salient parts:
The new Spider-Man is really quite great. He looks just like President Obama… This one is half-Hispanic, half-black. Do I care? Half-hispanic, all-Hispanic? Half-black? I really don’t care. Half-gay, all gay? I don’t really care. I don’t care. It’s a stupid comic book. However, what I do care about is the fact that I think a lot of this stuff is being done intentionally. What was it Mrs. Obama said before the campaign? Because it’s strange how so much of this seems to all be happening. Where she pointed out that we need to change…
[plays clip where Michelle Obama says “Barack knows that we’re going to have to make sacrifices. We’re going to have change our conversation. We’re going to have to change our traditions.”]
…I know this is just one stupid example of it, but really? We now have a half-Hispanic, half-black, half-gay Spider-Man?
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