In the upcoming animated sequel to “How to Train Your Dragon,” the rugged viking character of Gobber is coming out as gay.
Gobber the Belch is a six-and-a-half foot tall madman who is tasked with training young Vikings in catching and training dragons, pirating skills, sword-fighting, and rudery.
In the sequel Gobber, who is voiced by “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson, is seen watching a husband and wife squabble and says that’s why he never got married. After a beat, he adds there’s another reason.
Director Dean DeBlois told an E! reporter that he confirmed the character was indeed referring to his sexual orientation.
“When we were recording Craig Ferguson, I had written the line, ‘This is why I never got married,’ and he, as he often does, added it as an ad lib and he said, ‘Yup, Gobber is coming out of the closet,’” DeBlois said. “I think that’s a really fun [and] daring move to put in. I love the idea that Gobber is Berk’s resident gay.”
“How To Train Your Dragon 2” follows “ParaNorman” as one of the first mainstream animated films to feature an openly LGBT character.
Prepare for the wails and the gnashing of teeth from anti-gay hate groups like One Million
Biddys Moms and the Family Reserach Council claiming that the animated hit is pushing the “gay agenda”.