Everybody’s going on about the shock outing of an X-Man in ‘All-New X-Men #40‘. But nobody’s stopped to think about the weirdness of it…
Let’s start with the X-Men’s enemies – you know, the anti-mutant ‘bigots’ who so hate mutants. From a logical standpoint, their motive is often painted as fear that mutants will abuse their powers. That the girl who can walk through walls will steal from a bank; that the Master of Magnetism will commit genocide; that the telepath will read your mind and know your darkest secrets.
And then you have Jean Grey casually taking a friend aside and telling him she knows he’s gay because she’s read his mind. And then, well, you’ve heard of being subtle as a sledgehammer? Imagine being on the receiving end of this dialogue, as Iceman discusses his future self:
Now, maybe to you your sexuality isn’t that big a deal. And that’s fine. But the very same book establishes that Iceman has been overcompensating for a long, long time, and that suggests his sexuality is a big deal to him. And she’s just walked him aside and confronted him with it, having read his mind.
You could argue that Jean’s just being a friend. She’s gotten tired of hearing Bobby’s thoughts of self-denial, and she hurts for him and wants him to deal with his issues. To which I have two counters:
- She’s supposed to have been learning to stop reading her team-mates’ minds. She caused enough of a mess when she read Beast’s mind and learned he was in love with her.
- What gives her the right to do this? Does that mean anyone who hangs around Jean Grey too long will be forced to face their psychic secrets? If so, that’s a pretty scary role she’s trying to play, and it would soon become pretty hard to be her friend.
Sorry, Jean, but I am not impressed. In this one act, you’ve proved you’re in real danger of becoming the poster-girl for the anti-mutant bigots. I happen to think you’re treading a very, very dangerous path, and you need to get off it quick.