In an unusually aggressive public relations move, Netflix has decided to address the tacit accusation of a meme that is going viral that criticizes the streaming network’s inclusion of LGBTQ characters.
A Twitter user posted the meme of the Spongebob Squarepants character Patrick Star stuffing a giant pumpkin into a small funnel.
sorry you have yet to realize that every gay person is very necessary https://t.co/xTOEcLWryc
— Netflix (@netflix) May 6, 2020
Netflix retweeted with the comment, “Sorry you have yet to realize that every gay person is very necessary.”
The tweet had over 78,000 likes and nearly 22,000 retweets by Wednesday.
Of course. LGBT characters shouldn’t exist for the sake of being LGBT. They should be well written. But they also don’t need a “reason” to exist.
— ricardo ⚣ (@ricardohomo) May 6, 2020
To: How is a gay character being forced down your throat but a straight one isnt?
How is a gay character being forced down your throat but a straight one isnt?
— President Kevin 🎗🌺 (@orange_thecolor) May 6, 2020
And finally these hysterical reactions by the official The Walking Dead account:
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) May 6, 2020
We’ve killed far more straight characters
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) May 7, 2020
The Tweet and the reason it resonates may stem from the network’s new Ryan Murphy produced stinker Hollywood which reimagines a classic age of Hollywood that although fictional is so ridiculously revisionist that it undermines the story.