[Archie Comics CEO] John Goldwater (via Towleroad):
“We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.“
Honestly, I always have trouble getting to the text on articles about this issue, because whenever I see the cover art I’m stalled out by the sensation of my heart growing three sizes. GAY. INTERRACIAL. MILITARY. MARRIAGE. ON THE COVER OF ARCHIE. (Also, I think the ‘Bee is crying! AMAZING.)
I never would have called Archie Comics being my childhood obsession that I most respected as an adult, but it honestly may be. I admire that they chose to prioritize representation, and that they’ve been completely matter of fact and unapologetic about it. Look, other kid-oriented media — it is totally possible to include The Gays in an age-level appropriate and non “issuey” way! How is Archie leading the way on this, seriously.