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Friday, November 9, 2007 10:23 am
Another Children’s-Book Character Dragged Out of the Closet
Posted by: Keir Graff

And the children’s-book revelations about sexual orientation just keep on coming. From America’s Finest News Source, The Onion (“R.L. Stine Reveals Slappy From Night Of The Living Dummy Was Gay“):

NEW YORK – Children’s author R.L. Stine broke his long-held media silence Monday to announce that Slappy, the evil ventriloquist’s dummy from the Goosebumps Night Of The Living Dummy trilogy, was a homosexual.

“This is not completely unexpected,” said Goosebumps fan Ned Kosorowski, who has long speculated that the fictional wooden doll preferred the company of men, and has even written fan fiction describing graphic sexual encounters between Slappy and Amy’s father. “Slappy’s constant attempts to break out of the closet that Amy stores him in at night clearly represent his struggle with homosexuality – as well as his deep-seated, repressed feelings for [rival ventriloquist's dummy] Mr. Wood.”

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