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Teen Titans: Gay for Pay

bunker mt 1bbBy Michael Fitzgerald Troy


Teen Titans #3 sees the introduction of DC Nu’s lame excuse for a bandwagon-riding gay addition to the team with the introduction of “Bunker” (aka Miguel Jose Barragan and his psionic “big purple fist”)… Um.

While I’m GLAAD to see the inclusion of a gay character in a mainstream comic book, I’m not bending over backwards for Bunker. I’m not sure what is more stereotypical: his Spanglish or gayspeak touting lines like, “Madre de Dios,” and referring to himself as “fella.” I’m still looking for my eyes after they rolled out of my head and fell onto the floor and under the bed. It’s obvious that writer Scott Lobdell’s wife or girlfriend may have a gay friend here or there, but I don’t think he’s seen any locker room action himself. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!


And, don’t get me started on his appearance; he’s rife with cliches in his civvies and siesta city in his skivvies. A fauxhawk and earrings is so 3 years ago. And, his super hero costume is hardly lunchbox worthy, let alone kicking ass all over the place. Surely Tim Gunn would rip him a new butt hole for these digs.

I’ll stick around and see what happens. He isn’t officially out in the comic; it was just shrewdly mentioned in the press. Gays in comics? Gasp! What next? The blacks? What is this world coming to?

Nice try, DC, but the sistas are doin’ it for themselves.





Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure ( Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (, A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (, and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!





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