Judge Dredd Comes Out?


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.

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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