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NBC Erases Hellblazer John Constantine’s Bisexuality. Where Is The Outrage From The Bi Community?

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Last season NBC announced it was taking on DC Comics’ character the ever snarky and paranormal John Constantine, aka Hellblazer, into a new reboot and onto the small screen this season.  Will the TV version of John Constantine played by Matt Ryan be as bisexual and a chain smoker as he was is in the comics?

Of course not.

When asked about this at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour on Sunday July 13th,, executive producer Daniel Cerone ran down the “various editions” of the character that have existed since the demon fighter was introduced in 1985 to suggest his sexuality is not a crucial aspect of the character. “In those comic books, John Constantine aged in real time,” he said. “Within this tome of three decades [of comics] there might have been one or two issues where he’s seen getting out of bed with a man. So [maybe] 20 years from now? But there are no immediate plans.”

But here is the kicker on this story not only is Constantine bisexual but so is a female character named Zed.  Now will her sexuality be the same?   Is NBC erasing a male character’s bisexuality only to keep the female character bisexuality intact because its “sexy”? (And quite misogynist as well).  While there has been no word if the character Zed’s sexuality will arise, (keep an eye out) the character of  Constantine was a chain-smoker in the comics version which certainly was a crucial aspect of the character and NBC is erasing that as well.  For the show, producers say Constantine is a smoker … just don’t expect to actually see him smoking.   Producers say there’s not much they can do about this due to network content standards.  So the question is in NBC is “bisexuality” the same as “smoking”?  

Now since this announcement I have attended a very popular conference where “bi-erasure” was a major issue with a few people where they would lecture all attending about it.  Constantly. (Even though the room itself was full of allies and it was pretty bi-noxious.) And what have we heard from our bi-activist about it?  NOTHING.  Here is a prime example of bi-erasure in the mainstream media no less and the most vocal (and pushy) of bi-activist are silent.  No storming the NBC castle, no petitions, no boycotts.  NOTHING.

Now if its one thing I loath its being preached too about being oppressed and erased.  But whats even worse is to be preached at by people who do nothing other than bitch about their problems and blame others instead of standing up and fighting for themselves when they see the real injustices done.

Now as a a “white gay male” who has suddenly become the oppressive bain of every other groups existence,  this whole erasing of John Constantine s sexuality believe it or not pisses me off beyond belief,  But what pisses me off more is the self appointed leaders of the bisexual community talking to a roomful of LGT allies. activists and journalist (and in the past in some cases crying hysterically) about how “bisexuals are being erased by the LGT community” and how “we never include them” when they themselves ignore the real enemy and the battles that they should be waging. Believe me your LGT allies know you are there because you are annoying as a spoiled child.

I have absolutely nothing against bisexuality.  And to quote Woody Allen its great and I’m kinda jealous that “you have twice as many chances for a date on Saturday night”. Do you thing, I don’t care.  I don’t judge. And I support your right to be bi-sexual.  But PLEASE don’t lecture me and other LGBT activist and blame us for your “bi-erasure” when you don’t even bother to stand up for yourselves against the people who actually do it you.

Fight your fight.  Don’t blame your allies.

 

 

 

 

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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