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|作者：英语点津 文章来源：China Daily 点击数：36 更新时间：2017/3/15|
There are plenty of things you can feel positive knowing about Garfield - the cat who loves lasagna, hates Mondays and adores a teddy bear named Pooky.
But last week, without warning, there rose a strange and sudden debate around a question about the famous feline that even creator Jim Davis needed to weigh in on: Is Garfield a boy, a girl, or no gender at all?
The argument appears to have begun when writer Virgil Texas came across a 2014 Mental Floss interview with Davis where he described his tabby creation as 'not really male or female or any particular race or nationality, young or old.'
In response to the quote, Virgil wrote on Twitter: 'FACT: Garfield has no gender. This. Is. Canon.'
So sure was he of Garfield's true gender status that Virgil even took it upon himself to update the Garfield character Wikipedia page with the information.
But it was quickly clear that not everyone agreed with Virgil's hasty edits, and thus began a war over the Wikipedia entry edits.
The Washington Post reported that the battle took place over 60 hours and eventually ended when Wikipedia shut things down by locking the page.
One editor cited multiple moments when Garfield is referred to as 'he' or 'him' or even 'good boy' by other characters in the comic strip.
Another user wrote: 'Garfield is male. Any other view is Fringe.'
Others rooting for the genderless option added that it shouldn't matter at all whether Garfield is male or female and the gender classification from the Wikipedia entry should be removed entirely.
The war became so overblown that even Capitol Hill appeared to jump in the fray, with Twitter boy chronicling Wikipedia entries made from US Congress IP addresses reporting that someone in the House of Representatives did some editing of their own.
As for Virgil, he warded off plenty of naysayers over his theory before writing: 'If one could locate another source where Jim Davis states, as explicitly as he states in the Mental Floss article, that Garfield's gender is male or female, then this would give rise to a serious controversy in Garfield canon. Yet no such source has been identified, and I highly doubt one will ever emerge.'
It was a statement that soon appeared to have been made in haste as Jim Davis indeed soon joined the debate, shutting everything down in one line to Washington Post: 'Garfield is male.'
The 71-year-old cartoonist also pointed out that Garfield has a girlfriend, Arlene, and claimed that his 2014 quotes had been 'taken out of context.'
'I’ve always said that I wanted to work with animals because they're not perceived as being any particular gender, race, age or ethnicity,' he said. 'In that sense, the humor could be enjoyed by a broader demographic.'
The news was enough for Virgil to admit defeat in the argument, later taking to Twitter once again to say: 'Friends, we should not view the Garfield gender ruling as a loss. We should view it as a victory for what matters most: Canon.'
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