A death on The 100 has prompted a huge backlash against the show, with a group of fans starting a fundraising and awareness campaign.
This is your final spoiler warning for season three.
In last week’s episode, gay character Lexa was killed off after being hit by a stray bullet in front of her on-screen partner, Clarke. This happens mere minutes after Clarke and Lexa had sex for the first time, a culmination in several episodes of teasing their relationship.
The 100 is about a post-apocalyptic world where the only people living on earth are 100 teenagers to see if life can become hospitable again.
Fans are upset as this is just another example of ‘bury your gays’, or ‘dead lesbian syndrome‘, a trope where one character in a same-sex relationship is killed off. This leads to a world where no same-sex couple gets to enjoy a happy ending.
‘LGBT fans deserve better’ trended for seven hours, worldwide, on Twitter in the US, UK, Brazil, France and several other countries after the launch of the campaign. The hashtag reached the number four spot with 274,000 tweets in one night. They also started a campaign for The Trevor Project, bringing more attention to representation of LGBTI people on television.
‘Since the airing of episode 3×07 of the CW’s The100, many LGBTQ forums and SM outlets have been permeated with outcry over the mishandling of a beloved fictional character (Lexa) who served as a beacon in the lives of many young LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ persons,’ the call for donations reads.
‘The passion behind this collective disbelief and the sheer callousness of those involved in selectively elevating the queer representation of its character(s) only to backtrack in the most disingenuous of manners, has left many with a feeling of emptiness and betrayal.
‘This is not something “sorry” can fix. Anyone with any creative control and a literary background has a responsibility to the audience they are so carefully trying to reach.
‘This simple fact alone cannot only distinguish a well written show, but, it also serves to reinforce the positive aspects of the minority it has CHOSEN to depict with a chance to break barriers the LGBTQ community would not otherwise be given.
‘This show failed in all those aspects. There is not much we can do in the way of changing what’s already been written. What we can do however, is unite to help those who are hurting and despondent through this. We now have the means to reach a large audience, individuals who NEED to be heard, who NEED to be understood, and who ASK for our help.’
It has had a huge response, with over $30,000 being raised so far.
‘The empathetic reactions of viewers need to be taken into consideration, especially when you have so many young, LGBT or questioning individuals watching and getting involved in this relationship,’ the open letter concludes.
Jason Rothernberg, creator of The 100, has responded.
‘Obviously this is a show where people die,’ he told The Dropship.
‘Main characters get killed and [Lexa’s] the commander, and that’s not a job with a long life expectancy…for me to treat her differently — I guess some were saying that I should have taken more care with her because she’s a lesbian. I’m very torn about it obviously, because I get it, I’m sensitive to it, and I’m upset that people are upset.’