Netflix Fires Back at Viral Twitter Meme Criticizing Use of Gay Characters
Netflix is having none of the viral meme making the rounds on Twitter.
Netflix fired back at a Twitter viral meme criticizing the usage of gay characters in shows.
A Twitter user shared the image of the Patrick Star character from 'Spongebob Squarepants,' pushing a huge pumpkin into a tiny funnel.
By Thursday evening, the tweet received 122.7k likes and over 32k retweets.
After the tweet went viral, the streaming giants decided to respond. Netflix quoted the tweet and wrote, "Sorry, you have yet to realize that every gay person is very necessary."
The comment, of course, set off responses of its own — including a cryptic message from the account of the AMC drama 'The Walking Dead.'
To be fair, Netflix trying to insert LGBT characters for each series does seem to be inorganic/manipulative. Nothing wrong with the inclusion of LGBT but people want to see them in shows if artists needed them to be. It shouldn't just be like 'Hey, let's make that supporting character gay because we'll receive more positive comments that will inevitably help us widen the demographic of our show."
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On the flip side, the bulk of artistic people employed on television shows reside in big cities with a strong LGBT community. To them it might be normal to have LGBT actors, since they have LGBT people in their lives. It can sound odd and shoehorned if someone stays in a smaller town that doesn't have a lot of people who have come out.