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Homophobia Helps Make The Villain In 'The Walking Dead' #100

SomethingFearThe Walking Dead, the comic book upon which AMC's television show is based, hit its milestone 100th issue today, and writer Robert Kirkman celebrated by finally introducing us to villain Negan, the murderous leader of a cult-like gang hellbent on ruling over the remaining humans. He's potentially even more dangerous than a swarm of zombies.

Without giving away too much (though there are perhaps a few minor spoilers here), I will say that Negan's villainy is more gruesome and startling than past foes like The Governor because of both Negan's rabid following and for the fact that he's clearly a homophobic sociopath. At one point Negan tells protagonist Rick he's going to make him into the proverbial "gay bitch," the quintessential, submissive "weakling," and thereby win his group's respect - or at least their cooperation.

If I recall correctly, the only other references to homosexuality over the past 100 issues of The Walking Dead have been rather incidental, as evidenced by the casual manner in which a gay couple was thrown into the mix. 

Is Kirkman consciously presenting the series' most psychotic and dangerous villain as a homophobe? Does ignorance fuel hate? Is there a deeper message here? Knowing the tautness of Kirk's work, I would bet the answer is yes.

I've included an example of what I mean about Negan's remarks to Rick AFTER THE JUMP, but the comic's readers should be warned that you'll see Negan's face and a bit of what happens to Rick, Michonne and the others who went to warn a neighboring community that Negan was on his way.


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  1. Is the tv show going to follow the comic book to a T? I'm not thinking I like this storie line

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 11, 2012 10:53:18 PM

  2. I've seen this video? Which porn house did it?

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 11, 2012 11:01:48 PM

  3. George - I've read every issue of the comics up to issue 97, so I can assure you, the show and the comic are two entirely different things.

    And even if they eventually do this story in the TV show, it will be several years from now. Greg Nicotero said that the group of survivors will be at the prison for two seasons, and there's a LOT that happens between the prison and Negan becoming part of the plot.

    Posted by: David | Jul 11, 2012 11:03:10 PM

  4. Cool, I like their fight against the zombies to just stay alive. Awesome show!!!

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 11, 2012 11:14:40 PM

  5. I haven't read any of the comic but based on that single panel the bad guy comes across more as a gay sexual predator threatening to rape a man and turn him into a sex slave than as a homophobe. Now since I'm basing that off ONE panel I hope it's not the case, but are you sure he's not a stock Evil Queer character instead of a homophobe?

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 12, 2012 12:38:40 AM

  6. The Walking Dead have been rather incidental, as evidenced by the casual manner in which a gay couple was thrown into the mix.

    Posted by: Geri Rowley | Jul 12, 2012 2:15:45 AM

  7. Robert Kirkman, While an idiot and mostly useless has learned a lesson about gay characters. This will all be fine.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 12, 2012 9:52:51 AM

  8. Gratuitous. I agree with Caliban,

    And as a side-note, what's with the popular myth most graphic artists are gay? I know very well a group of guys in the profession, and not one is gay. And actually, many artists [and musicians] can be quite sensitive and touchy on regarding the gay issue. There's almost a kind of semi homophobic backlash in the arts community.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 12, 2012 10:21:38 AM

  9. Actually there is a gay prisioner and his convict "whos really straight" boyfriend in The Prison prtstoryline.

    No word if Kirkman is going to use that

    Posted by: Will | Jul 12, 2012 12:44:34 PM

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