Viral tweet shows how queer-coding villains backfired in the best way
A viral tweet has highlighted how queer-coding your favourite childhood villains affected people in a wonderful way.
Since it was tweeted on April 8 by Jay, a self-described “transmasc enby” who uses they/he pronouns, the post has attracted more than 14,000 retweets and likes.
The post reads: “I love how the media spent decades queer-coding villains in an attempt to scare kids away from being gay but all they managed was producing a generation of monster f**kers.”
I love how the media spent decades queer-coding villains in an attempt to scare kids away from being gay but all they managed was producing a generation of monster fuckers
— Jay Bigalow Supernatural Gigolo (@therobotjay) April 7, 2019
Queer-coding is the practice of presenting characters as queer without their sexuality being explicitly stated.
Viral tweet about queer villains blows people’s minds
The post has prompted epiphanies from many people on Twitter about themselves and villains who have been queer-coded.
One of these commenters said: “im having flashbacks to when i was like 10 seeing poison ivy for the first time,” while another wrote shadily: “*side eyes the entire Venom fandom*.”
“Don’t be gay! You get a cooler costume, a show-stopping musical number, and a cool lair! Wait, get back here!”
A different tweeter made a smart observation, writing: “Don’t be gay! You get a cooler costume, a show-stopping musical number, and a cool lair! Wait, get back here!”
And another commenter said: “monsters doesn’t [sic] discriminate because of your orientation, identity or ethnicity. They kill and eat everyone equally.”
Others were simply stunned by having to face their truth, like the person who wrote: “Oh my god. You’re right” and another who said: “This is about me and I know it .”
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