Filed By Ed Team | October 24, 2007 7:20 AM | comments
Filed in: Quote of the Day Tags: Albus Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling
It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men. --J.K. Rowling on the outing of Dumbledore
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If Dumbledore is gay does that mean McGonegal is a fag hag?
Everyone keeps saying Rowling is brave for announcing that Dumbledore is gay. She isn't heroic, she's a coward. If she really wanted to make Dumbledore gay she would have written it into the story but she didn't. Taking a true stand on an issue is tough and I understand that making Dumbledore gay in the Potter series may have effected book sales, but if she's going to take a stand then take a stand. Making the statement that Dumbledore is gay without even writing the smallest hint doesn't cut it. All she's doing by making the statement now is lowering her credibility as a writer and insulting the gay community.
Jensen: I totally agree and couldn't have said it better!
Aww, come on. You know you love it that Rowling outed Dumbledore. The books weren't strictly about him, so I don't know why you're surprised she wasn't explicit. I think my friend Reyna summed it up nicely when I said, "did you hear Dumbledore was gay?" She said, "I never heard he wasn't." Let's not play into heteronormativity by assuming that just because someone isn't wearing a pink triangle, they automatically must be straight.