Biggins slams “woke” superman’s son coming out as bisexual
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In an interview with Good Morning Britain today, Christopher Biggins slammed DC Comics’ decision to have Superman’s son Jon Kent to come out as bisexual. During the interview, Biggins suggested to Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid that he wanted to see “new characters” have queer stories, despite the fact that Jon Kent is a relatively new character to the franchise.
There seemed to be some confusion over whether Biggins was referring to Superman’s son or Clark Kent himself, as he appeared to be outraged at the comic book writers for changing a character that “we all know and love”.
The famous actor began by praising John Whaite and Johannes Radebe’s same-sex partnership on Strictly Come Dancing, calling them “fantastic” and “wonderful”.
He said: “If you want to do something like this, do something original.
“Don’t take characters that already exist and make them into something that they’re not.”
He went on to say that we “should not pander to the woke system”, which he explained was what he thought DC Comics were doing with the recent scene that saw Superman’s son Jon come out as bisexual.
Richard made a counterpoint: “I think if you had stuck with Clark Kent as Superman and you had made him bisexual then I think you’d probably have a point.
“You’d say ‘Why? That doesn’t make any sense. There’s nothing in his backstory’…”
At this point, Susanna cut in to point out that this comic book character represented the “next generation”.
Superman’s son Jon Kent first appeared in the comic books back in 2015 and fans have witnessed him grow up into a young man who is still figuring out his place in the world.
Madeley went on to say: “Actually in terms of fiction it’s perfectly reasonable to think that the son of Clark Kent and Louis Lane might well grow up to be bisexual.
“I mean you say ‘why’, but why not?”
Biggins appeared to be taken aback by the question before calling it “bizarre” and “extraordinary” that people wanted to see such things and asked for “new, different characters” despite Jon’s relatively junior status in the franchise.
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Also on the programme was podcaster Aamir Hassan, who described the new storyline as “absolutely fantastic” and seemed angered by Biggins’ remarks, saying “it makes no difference to your life at all”.
When asked about his thoughts on Superman’s son’s bisexuality, he described how “it’s incredible to see superheroes become actual superheroes”.
He also pointed out that “representation and visibility doesn’t just change lives – it genuinely saves lives”.
Several viewers were also unimpressed by Biggins’ comments, such as Twitter user @MarkBartlam who said: “By interviewing Biggins, you got an ill-informed response from someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about, and who trots out the usual lazy accusation of ‘pandering to the woke system’.”
Twitter user @Marshmallow3UK agreed that Biggins seemed to be confused: “I think Biggins thought it was superman, not his son. Even though Richard said it’s the son multiple times.”
@BrynCleat tweeted: “If getting a paid gig on TV to discuss something, the very least Christopher Biggins could do is Google the subject matter for 10 minutes. It’s not Clark Kents Superman that is Bi, it’s Lois & Clarks son, Jon Kent.”
Other Twitter users agreed with Hassan, such as @Baumflough, who wrote: “I thought the most sensible comment was, ‘It doesn’t affect your life.’ Quite. It may, however, affect the lives of those who live with self-loathing, lots of questions and a need for a role model.
The Being LGBTQ Podcast also pointed out: “Times change thankfully! The level of triggering a fictional character coming out as bisexual has caused its absolutely pathetic. It’s a beautifully positive thing. End of.”
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