NBC’s “Constantine” isn’t hitting small screens until October, but already the show has fans agitated. The drama, based on the DC comics franchises “Hellblazer” and “Constantine,” centers on the adventures of con man and supernatural detective John Constantine. Some fans are concerned about the accuracy of the character, not because of the costume or the powers, but because of the title character’s sexuality.
In the “Hellblazer” comic books, John Constantine is shown as having both male and female lovers, though his sexuality is never explicitly labeled. NBC’s version, however, has only planned female love interests for the character. Executive producer Daniel Cerone told Entertainment Weekly at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Sunday that the character’s sexuality was not integral to the character, stating, “In those comic books, John Constantine aged in real time. Within this time of three decades [of comics] there might have been one or two issues where he’s seen getting out of bed with a man. So [maybe] 20 years from now? But there are no immediate plans.”
While it is true that the majority of Constantine’s conquests have been female, many fans feel that this is straight-washing, or changing a LGBTQ character into a straight one. Voicing their concerns on social media over the past few days, comic fans have argued that bisexual men are an underrepresented group in the media and changing the sexuality of a queer character is erasure. Fans have flooded Tumblr and Twitter with the hashtag #BiBlazer, calling for people to contact NBC on their social media pages and request that Constantine be written as bisexual.
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SOURCE: The Huffington Post