Can we agree to put an end to the outing of fictional characters, a stoner pastime-cum-blog meme that’s all the rage following the Dumbledore hoopla? (while we’re at it, let’s put an end to making minor cultural blips into t-shirts.)
I’m all for the easy filler post, but the comic mileage of yanking a supposedly gay fictional character from the imaginary closet is on par with a Dane Cook riff: it’s cheap, not entirely LOL-worthy, and had probably been done before.
While a beloved character from an immensely popular series like Harry Potter may inspire a young reader questioning his or her sexuality to take pride in a kindred spirit–there’s definitely an intersection on the venn diagram where the kids in the sci-fi /fantasy reading set and kids who are gay set intersect–trotting out old hoary old tropes like Sesame Street’s Ernie as a homo is tired. (What about Velma from Scooby Doo? See, anyone can do it!)
Now, let’s leave the imaginary world be, and get back to outing B-list celebrities and Republican apparatchiks. Isn’t that what you’re really here for?