Comic 1034 - Harassment

12th Mar 2018, 1:24 PM in Ch. 34 - Promise
Average Rating: 5 (9 votes)
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Jocelyn 12th Mar 2018, 1:24 PM edit delete
The good news is that this is going to be the last "Todd asks out a girl" scene (not the last Todd scene, but you know what I mean). On the other hand, this week and next week until the end of the chapter might be a bit of a rough read for some. I hope you'll bear with me through this.

And please share your thoughts if you'd like.

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lare290 12th Mar 2018, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Woo, Maria gallops in to save the princess from a monster like the gay, gallant knight she is!
William 12th Mar 2018, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
Note that Channel has said that she has a "date". This could be awkward if she is asked who it is.
Karen 12th Mar 2018, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
So... Todd's going to start asking the guys?
Kyle 12th Mar 2018, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Didn't think Todd would go this far. I fear the repercussions of what's about to happen.
Emily 12th Mar 2018, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Does todd not realize that neither of them are seniors?
Chrissy 12th Mar 2018, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Todd doesn't care. Channel isn't the first underclassman he's asked out. And bgb16999, I think he's already asked those two out. IIRC, Madison was complaining about it when Ruby went to the mall the last time.
Drake Zephyr 12th Mar 2018, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I just think Todd is gay, and he's trying to ask out a girl so he can feel or look "normal." Like maybe his family is a jerk to him.
FishEye18 12th Mar 2018, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
Its been stated previously that Todd wasn't going to turn out as another armored closet gay.
Drake Zephyr 12th Mar 2018, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Ah okay. Then maybe he is asexual. And maybe he never had a girlfriend so his friends and family mocked him for that, calling him gay. So now he's trying to prove that he's not gay by getting a girlfriend. But he really just wants to live his life, and not have a relationship because he just doesn't want to.
dani 12th Mar 2018, 7:41 PM edit delete reply
Or maybe...he's just a self centered jerk who hasn't got a girlfriend because of the way he speaks and treat girls as you have seen in the previous pages. That's why he feels the pressure to just go to any girl.
Guest 12th Mar 2018, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
I certainly hope not. The "homophobe is actually gay" cliche is far more common in fiction than in reality*, & it basically serves to let straight people off the hook for their cruelty by suggesting that the True Worst Enemy for Queer folk is actually Other Queer Folk.

*(not saying it doesn't happen in real life, but it's not nearly as common as fiction suggests)
Guest 12th Mar 2018, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I don't think this is gonna be one of those things where we get a tragic backstory to explain the depths of Todd's asshole-ery. I do think, however, that something bad is going to happen to Todd. Either he gets his shit kicked in by Maria, or something worse. Maybe something bad enough to question whether or not even he deserved it.
Some Ed 14th Mar 2018, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
We actually don't know how common the `homophobe is actually gay` trope is in real life. All we really know is that most of the people who we know about for certain match this trope were really high profile before they were found out.

But I think the GBLTQQAAKI community is failing to understand one of their own tenants when they dismiss this trope. It's a spectrum. And unfortunately, in order to fit the 'homophobe due to secret gay yearnings', one only needs to have the amount of homosexual interest represented by a 1 on the Kinsey scale, because some people really overreact, in addition to reacting poorly.
Ash 13th Mar 2018, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
i don't really want to tell you this comic isn't for you, but it doesnt go down well having a cis and het person speculating on the sexuality and gender of of characters especially when feeding into tropes like the queerphobe is queer, or commenting stuff like "diversity means cishet people should be included", "unisex toliets make people uncomfortable and stuff should be given to cis allies".
Guest 13th Mar 2018, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
also stuff like "the homophobic priest surely means well".

We generally don't care if they mean well, they are still hurting us.
Fox 13th Mar 2018, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Ash, while I agree the "they're a jerk because they're secretly queer" trope is bad, I don't think it's fair to say that because of someone's assumed gender and sexual orientation, because unless you have asked it is an assumption, they can't speculate. I firmly believe in equal treatment, either something is okay for anyone to do or not okay for anyone to do, their personal characteristics shouldn't have anything to do with it.
Drake Zephyr 13th Mar 2018, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Plus just to add, nobody is a jerk for reasons like "just because", there is always more to it. Either way, he isn't just a jerk for no reason. Something is going on, and given the theme of the entire comic I based my original guesses on that.
Guest2 13th Mar 2018, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
The latter stuff is indeed bad but I don't think there is something wrong with someone not LGBT speculating on fictional characters, and even if that was the case then why someone LGBT could speculate on the straightness of a character?
FishEye18 14th Mar 2018, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
Sadly the armored closet gay is a bit more than just a trope, a fair number of the most vocal anti LGBT people keep blowing their own cover or being caught. However, they will never admit to it nor change out of it over time. Its caused by major mental blocks that will take a lifetime to fix.

This is why the LGBT community had to start threatening to stop protecting politicians who where LGBT but kept sponsoring and/or writing Anti LGBT legislation.
Araiel 12th Mar 2018, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
Todd has removed cute smile from Channel's face. Am not impressed.
SayTaylor 12th Mar 2018, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
So I don't want Maria to get in trouble, but I also REALLY want to see Todd get punched...
If something happens just as Father Quenton walks around the corner and Maria gets expelled, I might cry.
RubyRuthNeal 12th Mar 2018, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
That is my worry as well.... Maria getting suspended or expelled for kicking Todd's ass in the hallway at school.
Mizore 12th Mar 2018, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
On the next todd scene: Todd visits the ER to get Maria’s foot surgically removed.
Vellikat 13th Mar 2018, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
Woah, that last panel- Maria is pissed.
Sammi 13th Mar 2018, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
I mean, wouldn't you be?
Jude P. 13th Mar 2018, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
Break his face, Maria!
Guest 1st May 2019, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
Are you sure that this isn't the last Todd scene? 'Cos it looks like Todd might die.
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