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non-Jewish people going on today about “reclaiming” Anne Frank as a “bi icon” or w/e make me really uncomfortable, because it has this ring of “all this time I thought she was just some Jewish kid, but now it turns out she’s one of us!!!!” like if you didn’t find Anne Frank’s story moving until you realized she shared some marker with you then maybe you should reconsider your whole approach to this whole “empathy” thing.
Okay so does anyone remember that old Kirby show that was dubbed by 4kids here
And how it had this guy that would always sell King Dedede his evil weapons for fighting Kirby
Well I never finished the show but apparently they actually show his whole body on screen at some point and he fucking looks like THIS??
HIS BODY JUST STOPS SUDDENLY AT SOME KIRBY FEET WHAT THE FUCK I AM DISTURBED
Of course the dudebro division of DC wants to get rid of Dick Grayson. They haven’t done it, but only because they must grudgingly admit it would cause too much public outcry. Still, they’ve been trying it for years.
In 2010, Dan Didio and Brian Azzarello had this to say:
There was lots of applause for the Batman books, as DiDio continued to tease fans about his Dick Grayson deathwish. He revealed that “up until the eleventh hour, [Grayson] was gonna die in Infinite Crisis, and a lot after that had to be revised. But there turned out to be an outpour of trying to protect him, since he grew up with his fans. This is why we turned him into Batman.” Azzarello mockingly replied that “he’s not my Batman,” while Van Sciver observed that “every fangirl [he’s] ever met is in love with Dick Grayson. Women love that character.”
And that’s the crux of their problem with him, isn’t it? Women love him.
He was a queer icon from the start, a part of their history that DC hates to remember. Later, girls found they could explore their desires safely by crushing on him as Robin, a non-threatening, sweet, and fun character. God forbid anyone post-Miller be joyful.
He grew up into Nightwing, a character women lusted over, not because he was bursting with muscles and machismo (that’s mostly a male power fantasy) but because he was beautiful and displayed evocative emotions.
Dick has always been ambiguous in how he presents his gender, straddling the line between the traditionally feminine and traditionally masculine. Favoring bright and flamboyant clothing, being placed in the ‘damsel’ role consistently, dating women more powerful than him, stretching into gymnastic poses, even crossdressing full-stop.
Certain kinds of men (read: insecure assholes) don’t like that. They don’t like it when men are vulnerable, feminine, open. When they’re sexualized like female characters are. They don’t like it when those men are admired heroes. And they like it even less when women and queer people find them attractive. It’s threatening to them, as assertive sexuality from women and queer men always has been.
It’s okay to dislike Dick Grayson because you just don’t find him compelling, but the root of the most vitriolic hatred of Robin, especially Dick’s Robin, is usually homophobia and/or misogyny.
It doesn’t surprise me that Dan DiDio saw that women adored Dick Grayson and wanted to rip him right out of their hands like a toddler. He exudes anger and resentment for the people who call him on his bullshit. I think he enjoyed milking the possibility of killing Nightwing.
If Dick hadn’t been around since comics came into the zeitgeist, he’d probably be on the chopping block.
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