Uhh, I think it’s based more on the fact he whistled at Optimus Prime as a dude would to a girl, only he’s another dude.
i took that more as sarcasm than anything else, really… he himself is sarcastic, as are all decepticons, so really that’s not even out of the ordinary for decepticons of even his nature, y’know?
In the end, I think it’s something you can take however you wish. I’m just pointing out not everyone is using flamboyancy/narcissism as evidence for his possible homosexuality.
Okay, since you opened the topic, I feel like expanding. All of this is just casual discussion, don’t feel obligated to reply or feel you’re not entitled to your opinion unless you defend it.
I agree that theoretically alien robots shouldn’t have sexual orientations or genders, but that is very much not the case in canon. Every American-based Transformers series tends to have at least slight romance, between either a robot going by ‘he’ and a robot going by ‘she’, or between a robot going by ‘he’ and a human girl (or…mermaid). I don’t think it can be argued this is anything other than heterosexual when viewing in the context of the writers’ cultures, where heterosexuality is the normal and homosexuality is frowned upon (at least in children’s shows). What are the odds, in a universe with no apparent “genders” or orientations, with ~95% male-inspired robots and hinted to explicit romance, that the vast majority of all relationships are between characters identified as male and characters identified as female? Not large enough to argue there is no preference. When male robots are more likely to be portrayed with females of different species than males of their own, I think you can’t say they have no orientations, as far as canon goes.
I don’t buy the ‘no genders’ thing, for another point. You have characters going by ‘he’ and ‘she’ with voice differences, body differences, and differences in ways they are treated. Even TFP Arcee, who is the first ‘girl’ robot to really act almost identically to the guys, has moments that set her apart, like when Ratchet hits on her under the influence of Syn-En. Or when Breakdown makes comments about Airachnid. There’s not really a problem with that sort of thing, but I just don’t buy that there are no genders or orientations if every non-platonic comment involves a girl and a guy. The sole exception in TFP is KO’s whistling and general attitude, which is what makes people raise an eye. On the subject of his attitude…it’s not “he’s narcissistic so he MUST be gay,” it’s the combination of him hitting on Prime in his first appearance (jokingly or no), being written by writers in a culture that frequently use a male preoccupation with looks as a trait of homosexuality, and the way he appreciates models similar to his own (ymmv, but an attraction to the same ‘model type’ and him being ‘one of those’? Seem like adult jokes sneaked in). On that second point, think on it a bit. In real life, does flamboyancy or narcissism indicate sexual preference? Nope. What about in fiction? A loooot more often. In a lot of cases it’s used as an intentional cue to let the audience know, like any other sort of cue for hinting at a certain quality of a character’s. It doesn’t always hold true, but often enough that writers know they’re going into a certain territory. And at botcon, if nothing else, the way they responded to the question showed they were very aware they were in the territory. There was no surprise there, that someone thought that particular character was gay. When they answered, to me, it seemed like they were saying everyting other than a straight out “No,” which they could have easily done with no repercussions. So is KO gay? You can’t really say, and the writers themselves are leaving it open to your own interpretation. They didn’t say he’s NOT gay, which is more than creators will say about a lot of characters. Maybe the prime staff is just a bit more progressive than most, and didn’t want to take a stance on any character. We’ve had (I think) a total of three jokes relating to robot romance (BD->Air, KO->OP, Ratchet->Arcee. Side note: I think it’s funny no one challenged Ratchet’s, to say he’s really gay or asexual and his hitting on arcee was just a joke under the influence, but I’ve heard KO’s challenged constantly) so I’m not sure if they’ll ever explicitly breach the topic in show at all. But overall, when you take this in the context of transformers’ history, the culture of the writers, and all the other factors I outlined, I think there’s a definite reason why people might think he’s gay that doesn’t at all involve a real-life assumption that narcissism equates to homosexuality.