Be gone, homophobic devils!
Exorcist showrunner Jeremy Slater has some strong words for viewers who were upset by a kiss between two male characters, Peter Morrow (Christopher Cousins) and excommunicated priest Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels).
In a recent Season 2 episode, Keane and Father Tomas (Sense8’s Alfonso Herrera) had traveled to a remote island to—what else?—investigate paranormal activities and exorcise a demon. It’s there that Keane shared a kiss with Peter, a friendly local. The Fox horror drama, a sequel to the 1973 film based on the novel of the same name, had strongly hinted at Keane’s sexuality in Season One.
Some fans didn’t appreciate the scene, sharing their distaste online, which Slater addressed in an interview with Sci-Fi Bulletin.
“I don’t think there was that much of a backlash. I saw a couple of homophobes on Twitter and my response is, ’Good, fuck you. I’m glad you didn’t like it, I’m glad it ruined the show for you. You shouldn’t have good things in your life.'”
“If a homophobe can’t watch the show anymore because one of the characters is gay, then I’m glad something good has come out of it,” Slater continued. “This is 2017 and we still have people throwing temper tantrums online because they don’t want to see gay characters. I think it’s the last gasp of a certain breed of dinosaur that’s on the way out, and let them kick and scream as they go.”
Sort of like a demon being exorcised?
The Exorcist airs Fridays on Fox.