Towleroad.com presents an interesting question about a new villain in ‘The Walking Dead’ #100 comic. A new villain is introduced, one so vile and terrifying that the author of the post (Andrew Belonsky) considers him much worse than The Governor or any other villain we’ve come across so far in TWD:
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.
It’s an interesting sort of indication of where we are as a society that one way we let the audience know how terrible a character is is by making them homophobic or racist.
Cruise over to Towleroad for a little peek at Rick and Nagen in the 100th issue.
What do you think? Is Kirkman using homophobia as a means of letting us know how sociopathic Nagen is, or is the concept of making a powerful man into a “gay bitch” something so deep in society’s subconscious understanding of power dynamics that it doesn’t really register with us as “evil” for any reason other than the average person’s fear of being violated?