The Walking Dead, a gloriously gory tale of life in zombie infested Georgia, is back for its 5th season on AMC. The show features some of the most gruesome and disgusting images ever shown on a cable network that are not featured in “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” However, Buzzfeed’s Lane Sainty found a contingent of Walking Dead fans who were not so much disgusted by deformed, moaning zombies biting out someone’s jugular…
…but by something far more sinister and indicative of the downfall of mankind: Dudes kissing other dudes.
Please save us from the clutches of mild mannered, oddly well groomed (for a zombie apocalypse), gay dudes (ok, its not that odd) who love each other during a time of complete anarchy and upheaval. That seemed to be the sentiment shared by a host of people who saw the most recent episode, which featured the dude-on-dude kiss shown above.
I do not have a whole lot of use for Buzzfeed in my daily reckoning of global events. However, when it comes to fun photo stories or highlighting the idiocy of humans, Buzzfeed has its moments. This is one of those moments. Sainty does a great job of setting up The Walking Dead’s gory resume with pictures and gifs before showing the rather tame kiss (seriously though, if I just found out my significant other was alive when I feared them dead, clothes would be flying everywhere) that got some people all worked up.
The absurdity of people astounds me sometimes. I am just thankful for people like Sainty and other “Twitterians” [Twit-tare-ians] who feel similarly.
Even Buzzfeed subscribes to certain journalistic principals, like getting all sides of a story. I love how easily it is to show the absurdity of people through these photo/ tweet stories. Sainty does a great job of laying down the “controversy,” before showing reactions from all sides.
There is only one thing I wish Sainty went a little further on:
I think it would have made for a more interesting piece if she was able to find the Twitter reactions from people when this lesbian character, Tara, was introduced last season. There was no on-screen kiss, so perhaps a comparison of the two would be flawed, but I have a hunch that reactions, at least from men, would not have been so homophobic if she kissed her lesbian love interest, who looked like this before her untimely death:
While I don’t think it is safe to put too much stock in, or base opinions solely on Buzzfeed articles, when they are curated well, they can provide some tantalizing glimpses and perspectives on major issues like homophobia, sexism, and my personal favorite: Homophobe- approved, grade- A cannibalism.