The Walking Dead‘s latest episode aired in the US on Sunday night, complete with a shocking gay revelation, and Twitter almost imploded.
A week after introducing Aaron – a suspicious stranger who knows all about the group – the audience were introduced to his partner, Eric. Yes, a man partner. A gay man partner. He’s gay.
Though both Aaron and Eric are substantial characters in the comic book of The Walking Dead, that didn’t stop homophobic Twitter users from coming out of the woodwork and bitching about the fact that *gasp* gay people exist.
I don’t like that the walking dead got faggot shit on here now. Is Nothing Sacred !???
— Guapo (@NEMO_HOES) February 23, 2015
Nope, nothing is sacred.
You allow your children to watch a television show based on zombies, which has featured rape, attempted child rape, cannibalism and decapitations – yet you lose your shit at the depiction of a loving relationship? Makes sense.
A few months ago on Reddit, The Walking Dead showrunner Robert Kirkman shared a great explanation for why he had recently revealed Jesus to be gay: “In my opinion there should be more awesome gay people in fiction because there are plenty of awesome gay people in real life. I want Jesus to be a character where his sexuality is as unimportant as Rick or other heterosexual characters. So we won’t focus on it constantly and it won’t be the focus of any big storylines for him… but he’ll make it with a dude every now and then… before going out and drop kicking zombies. He’s one of my current favorite characters.”
If the most shocking thing to you on a graphically bloody zombie show is two gay dudes, well… #WalkingDead
— Paul Vigna (@paulvigna) February 23, 2015
Clearly the creators of The Walking Dead have a healthier mindframe than some of the viewers. The real issue, however:
Won’t somebody please think of the children.
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