Fox TV’s The Exorcist picks up where the infamous 1973 horror film leaves off, tracking down demons who’ve burrowed into unwilling human hosts, and ripping them out with an always-dramatic flair.
Well with all those fictitious demons running amock, showrunner and producer Jeremy Slater has absolutely no time for fans’ actual demons.
Namely, it’s those viewers consumed by fear, ignorance and likely a fair dose of self-loathing — resulting in them being possessed by the insidious demon of homophobia — that Slater finds especially irritating.
A recent episode featured a same-sex kiss (pictured above) between former priest Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) and Peter Morrow (Christopher Cousins), and apparently, some antigay snowflakes couldn’t take it.
Slater was asked about the non-troversey by the Sci-Fi Bulletin, leading to this A+ response:
“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.
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 – let them kick and scream as they go.”
He went on to discuss the importance of diversity in television:
“We’ve said from the beginning that Marcus is a bisexual character, which is pretty rare on television in general and certainly on network television, where everyone has binary definitions of gay or straight.
The response to that moment was 99% positive, from what I saw, and I think the moment meant a lot to a lot of viewers, particularly viewers who aren’t necessarily used to seeing gay representation on TV with older characters.”