#2) It’s Rarely Used Well
Probably the best example of this gag used properly comes from, where else, “The Venture Brothers”, in which the joke is less about a superhero being gay and more about the fact that if what people joke about what was going on was actually going on, it’d be fairly creepy and awful. Part of this is because “Venture Brothers” is a brutal deconstruction of comics and animation in general; it wasn’t a social protest, they just need the joke to have some depth.
Compare this to when it comes up in “Drawn Together” as a shock gag.
Granted not every writer can be Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, but come on. At least be a little creative with it.
#1) It’s Agonizingly Stale
Really, how often are parodists and comedians going to beat this dead horse? Keep in mind the HUAC hearings happened almost sixty freaking years ago, and we’ve been hearing about Batman exploring the Boy Wonder’s Batcave ever since. If you see a Batman parody in mainstream culture, even now, pretty much within five seconds there will be a cheap gay joke unless it’s aimed at kids.
You know what? No. Get some new material. Go to Wikipedia and read the “Batman” entry. Make fun of something, anything else. But put a bullet in the six-decades-old joke, OK?
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