Garfield is a male cat. That’s evident to any fan of the 38-year-long comic strip empire as Garfield is repeatedly referred to by male pronouns, speaks with a man’s voice in the TV cartoons, and has an ongoing relationship with female cat Arlene.
But according to the Washington Post, the lazy lasagna-loving cat’s gender was recently brought into question — and even forcibly changed — on the world’s most extensive and up-to-date encyclopedia: Wikipedia.
Virgil Texas, an online satirist and Wikipedia user, pulled up an obscure quote by Garfield creator Jim Davis, who said, “Garfield is very universal. By virtue of being a cat, really, he’s not really male or female or any particular race or nationality, young or old.”
Davis obviously meant that Garfield represented everyone, not just one particular group.
But Virgil took it upon himself to edit Wikipedia’s Garfield entry, changing his gender from “male” to “none.”
A Wikipedia editor — there is a team of them that monitors edits — changed the article back, citing extensive evidence of Garfield’s maleness.
A minute later, another user changed Garfield’s gender back to “none,” thus sparking an editing war that least 2 ½ days as users argued over the orange cat’s sexuality.
At some point, for no known reason, Garfield’s religion was also specified as “Shiite Muslim.”
Finally, Davis himself weighed in to say that, yes, “Garfield is male.”
Wikipedia editors locked down the Garfield page for a day to prevent more edits. As of Thursday at 7:34 p.m. Eastern, his masculinity is still secure.
What's next? Charlie Brown is transgender? Good grief!