Worst fears realized by uptight Religious Right? Archie comics infected with the gay!
By Ken Nahigian
That low earthquake-rumble you hear is coming from the radical religious right. It started about when Archie Comics introduced its first gay character, Kevin Keller. It grew somewhat louder as Kevin became a fixture of the Riverale menagerie, hobnobbing with Archer & his gang, Josie & the Pussycats, even Sabrina the teenage witch. Now Kevin has wed his partner, a young gentleman of color, and the ground is shaking. Slightly — not as much as you might expect. Times have changed.
Life With Archie #16 hit the stands in January to wide media coverage and boycott calls, sold out almost instantly, and now segues into its second printing.
A guess: still embarrassed about his fundamentalist Christian phase in the 1970’s, Archie is making up for it now.
“We stand by Life with Archie #16,” writes Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone … an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association / OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.”
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