Because many animated characters are skilled at hiding their sexuality (though some not. Hi, Snagglepuss!), it is important that we have diligent journalists to expose the truth. The latest cartoon closet case? That little blonde twink Tintin. At least, according to this piece in the Times of London.
What debate can there be when the evidence is so overwhelmingly one-way? A callow, androgynous blonde-quiffed youth in funny trousers and a scarf moving into the country mansion of his best friend, a middle-aged sailor? A sweet-faced lad devoted to a fluffy white toy terrier, whose other closest pals are an inseparable couple of detectives in bowler hats, and whose only serious female friend is an opera diva… And you’re telling me Tintin isn’t gay?”
The author lays out a compelling, if a little too doggedly researched, argument. Though he leaves the burden of proof on canine companion Snowy: “Snowy saw everything; Snowy knows all. And Snowy never tells.” And! Tintin was supposedly a Boy Scout, and we all know that’s like an Al-Qaeda training camp for future homos. But really, uh, should we care?
Also: It’s doubtful that Spielberg will be layering his big screen version with any homosexual subtext. But the second installment, to be helmed by Peter Jackson, well who knows? I mean, you saw those Hobbits, right?