DC fans are now petitioning to DC Comics President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns to make the Joker gay and it's getting a following.
Another beloved character that is being targeted by online petitions is Batman's nemesis the Joker. This petition is asking for the Joker to be officially made gay and it's getting some support.
DC fan Elena Shestakova created the petition made out to DC Comics President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Shestakova wrote a lengthy essay on change.org explaining why her petition should be considered and it reads:
The Joker is a comic book character with almost 80 years history, half of which he was portrayed as homosexual – for instance, in such significant graphic novels as Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns or Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. Neal Adams claimed that The Joker was and always had been homosexual. This opinion was shared by other comic books authors and artists for decades. That is why it’s so important to me and other queer readers to return his homosexuality.
The Joker repeatedly confessed his feelings to Batman and showed an interest in other men. Also there was Joker’s unnamed boyfriend in the graphic novel Devil’s Advocate. The Joker has many feminine traits – he uses lipstick, paints his nails, wears high heels and sometimes does crossdressing. We realize that some of these things is stereotypical, but it gives a very clear picture. Over the years, there were plenty of other queer moments in comics, cartoons and video games (especially in Batman: Arkham series).
The essay continues:
However, in the late nineties someone decided to erase Joker’s homosexuality and introduced Harley Quinn as his girlfriend (by the way, Harley was made up for the Batman: The Animated Series to replace the Joker in one scene, in which he was supposed to jump from the cake in drag). In the mass consciousness Harley became his only love interest, although in canonical comics there is no evidence that there are romantic or sexual feelings from the Joker’s part. His enforced relationship with Harley Quinn looks like an attempt to retconned his homosexuality and turn him in acceptable straight man.
DC Comics already has a great cast of queer characters – heroes (Batwoman or Midnighter), as well as villains (Harley Quinn or Poison Ivy). Maybe some people don’t want to see the “terrible villain” as part of the LGBT community. But on the other hand, in Gotham series The Penguin became gay without any problem, and he is morally no better than the Joker. It’s not homophobic to have a queer villain. So why not let the Clown Prince of Crime “out of the closet”? DC Rebirth is an excellent reason to bring the Joker back to his roots.
We ask DC Comics to restore The Joker’s homosexuality in comics and other media. No one’s sexual identity should be changed, even it’s only a fictional character. Because sometimes fictional characters is something real people hold onto.
The idea of the Joker being gay doesn't seem as farfetched and will most likely seamlessly intergrate into his character. The petition currently has over 1900 signatures and gaining traction.
If DC decides to follow through on this, I don't believe that there is going to be an uproar. And considering that the Joker's sexuality has always been up in the air, DC fans might even welcome it. Even his relationship with Harley Quinn hasn't been completely solid. The Joker definitely seems more infatuated with Batman than anyone else.
Would you welcome a gay Joker?