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See KJ Apa’s Archie in a passionate same-sex kiss in upcoming Riverdale episode

See KJ Apa’s Archie in a passionate same-sex kiss in upcoming Riverdale episode

KJ Apa as Archie in Riverdale

Riverdale: The campy, questionably glorious show where anything can happen.

In the next episode, lead character Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), who’s in a juvenile detention center, finds himself locking lips with none other than Joaquin (Rob Raco).

Here’s a bit of a recap: Joaquin is a member of the Southside Serpents who dated Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) in Season 1 before leaving Riverdale. At the end of Season 2, he returned and got caught up in an angry mob with the Fangs.

Fans never found out what happened to him — until Archie spotted him in juvie alongside him this season.

The kiss only lasts for a couple of seconds (at the :17 second mark), but it’s already getting fans talking.

Some fans are exciting by the brief shot, others less so.

Is this just another case of queerbaiting?

Reactions online are mixed, to say the least.

Is this a joyous thing for… the gays?

Or is it just queerbaiting, while the legitimate relationship between Cheryl and Toni gets less in comparison.

Queerbaiting in media is when a same-sex relationship is hinted at or teased, but then never actually depicted.

Most fans think the kiss isn’t anything significant and instead meant as a distraction, or that Archie will tell Joaquin he’s straight.

Other fans are hoping the show doesn’t play into negative stereotypes.

Still others think it’s the writers being wild and random, because that’s what this show does best.

This episode of Riverdale airs next Wednesday (14 November).

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