What's the big friggin' deal about J.K. Rowling telling everyone that her character, Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't she publish the last of the Harry Potter books a few months ago?
If Ms. Rowling truly wanted the Harry Potter books to be, as she says, a " prolonged argument for tolerance," why didn't she reveal that Dumbledore was gay IN ONE OF THE DAMN BOOKS?!?!?
And while we're at it, I don't really want to be "tolerated." I prefer to be "accepted."
I "tolerate" bad Jerry Herman music, guys on the bus who wear too much Drakkar Noir and the fact that my TiVo sometimes records the wrong friggin' channel, but I still don't "like" those things.
"Tolerance" isn't what I'm going for in terms of my own personal "gay agenda."
The way I see it, Rowling outing Dumbledore after all the books have been written is useless and sort of like George Michael getting caught having sex in a men's room after his career was in serious decline.
Wouldn't it have been powerful for George Michael to have come out as an openly gay man in the 80's when he was at the top of the pop charts? He would have been a gay role model to me when the closest thing I had to a gay role model at that time in my life was Jim J. Bullock on TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT - - and neither he, nor his character on that show, were officially gay!!!
But no, George Michael didn't admit that he was/is a homosexual until AFTER he was caught with his pants down - - literally. And what did we in the gay community do when he came out because of that scandal? We treated him like a friggin' hero, when the truth is, he never did anything for us except deny that he was one of us.
And while Dumbledore wasn't caught with Larry Craig in the Hogwart's bathroom or anything - - although I can't wait for the slash fiction on this one - - what good is Ms. Rowling's announcement?
According to the CNN report, Rowling...
"...explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. 'Falling in love can blind us to an extent,' Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was 'horribly, terribly let down.'"
"Horribly, terribly let down." Yeah, J.K., I know how he feels.
If this was your intention with the character, you could have included this in the Harry Potter stories and made a tremendous impact on the lives of gay and lesbian youth. You truly could have saved lives!!! But you didn't. And it's a let down.
I'm just getting tired of "too little, too late" when it comes to gay celebrities - - and I guess now I can include "gay fictional characters" - - being a vibrant and honest part of our community.
It's 2007, folks. Do you need Glinda the Good Witch to visit you in her bubble and say it?
"Come out, come out, where ever you are."