The writers of the iconic British comic strip Judge Dredd have been teasing an image of the character kissing another man from the forthcoming issue, “Closet”. There have been some homophobic reactions from fans but Dredd, who saw his start in the Thatcher era, has always been about satirizing conservative fetishes of the tough guy who’s hard on criminals and the power of totalitarianism.
Rob Williams, a writer for the series, said any sexual attraction to anyone had always come secondary to his passion for the law, reports the Independent.
He said: “Although, can you imagine what would happen if that repression ever fell away, just for an instant? Sure, Dredd could be gay.
“You can’t look at the original costume design of leather and chains and not see a fetishistic edge there… But Dredd’s feeling are so deeply hidden, he is extremely unlikely to ever let them show.”
He said that comics were a “great” place to challenge issues such as homophobia, and if that provoked negative reactions, he was fine with that.
“As long as you stay true to the character throughout – which I think ‘Closet’ does – you can deal with all sorts of issues in a story… If they push people’s buttons, fine.
“I’d rather a story be provocative than just, ‘and they have a fight’. Plus, putting Dredd in a gay club filled with men dressed as him is a pretty funny image. It’s worth it for that alone.”
Quick, someone ask Stallone for a comment. Pleeeeaaase.