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Boxing champion Claressa Shields is the latest celebrity to share her opinions on DC Comic’s new Superman.
This week, the comic giants announced that Jon Kent, the son of original Superman Clark Kent and journalist Lois Lane, turns out to be bisexual in the newest comic series.
Shields responded to a tweet by fellow boxer Errol Spence Jr.
“So Superman bisexual now according to DC mine well take Goku too lol,” he wrote. Shields retweeted Spence, adding, “I googled it this morning and I’m disappointed they would even do that. He’s always been in-love with Lois [Lane]!”
Some of Shields’ fans wanted her to clarify her remarks. She obliged them.
“I’m no where near homophobic I just don’t think that cartoon characters should be bi sexual or gay. Leave the kids alone. Don’t push a agenda on children,” she replied. “To me that’s confusing kids. If a teenager or adult decides to be bi or gay, congrats to them. I have no problem with that.”
In the series, Superman enters into a relationship with reporter Jay Nakamura. “Superman: Son of Kal-El,” which drops on Nov. 9.
The writer of the comic series denies critics complaints that Jon Clark’s sexuality is a performative ploy to move comics.
“It’s not a gimmick,” Tom Taylor said in a recent interview. “When I was offered this job, I thought, ‘Well, if we’re going to have a new Superman for the DC Universe, it feels like a missed opportunity to have another straight white savior.”
The news was announced to coincide with Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day.
This is not a first for the DC. Several of its heroes have been members of the LGBTQ+ community, including Batwoman. Also, Extraño, Bart Allen, Apollo, Kaldur’ahm and Madame Xanadu are members of the community.