In another setback to One Million Moms, the conservative Christian campaign has retreated from Facebook after a post about DC Comics’ reintroduction of Green Lantern Alan Scott as gay* was inundated by comments largely supportive of the publisher’s decision.
The New Civil Rights Movement reports that moments after issuing a “warning” Friday about DC’s official announcement (see below), the page’s administrator began deleting positive comments before apparently giving up and removing the post entirely. Shortly afterward, the One Million Moms page disappeared from Facebook, certainly the initiative’s most valuable social media platform. The abrupt exodus was followed by a tweet announcing, unconvincingly, to Facebook users that, “OMM will be offline most of next week for Vacation Bible School!”
Go to Robot 6 to see a screenshot of the crowds of Facebook folks liking the hell out of the new gay Green Lantern. Suck it, evil.
* Yesterday, I was too busy to Slog the Green Lantern news, so Dan Savage did it instead. After receiving several angry e-mails from nerds, I would like to publicly issue two corrections to Dan's post: First off, it's "Spider-Man," not "Spiderman."
Second of all, the Green Lantern Dan is referring to, the one who starred in the terrible Green Lantern movie from last year, is Hal Jordan, who is the Earth-1 Green Lantern. As far as we know, the Earth-1 Green Lantern is still heterosexual. The gay Green Lantern is Alan Scott, the Green Lantern from a parallel earth known as Earth-2. Or, more accurately, the gay Green Lantern is the rebooted version of Alan Scott, the Earth-2 Green Lantern as he appears in DC's new Earth 2 comic book. The original Earth-2 Green Lantern who appeared in DC Comics from 1940 through 2011 was presumably heterosexual (not that it proves anything, but before the reboot he had two children and was married to a woman, and he showed no outward signs of being gay). I regret Dan's errors, but I do not regret them nearly as much as I regret that this paragraph is heartbreaking proof of the fact that superhero comic books have become completely inaccessible to casual readers.