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The Gays Aren't Happy With The Last Of Us' Best Kiss Nomination

The Gays Aren't Happy With 'The Last Of Us' Best Kiss Nomination

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Here's why...

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The Last Of Us has been nominated for Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards, but it's not for the smooch you might think.

The hit, apocalyptic HBO drama was nominated for five awards, including Best Show, Bella Ramsey for Breakthrough Performance, Pedro Pascal for Best Hero, Pascal and Ramsey for Best Duo, and Anna Torv and Philip Prajoux for Best Kiss, which, as you might remember, is between Torv's character Tess and her fungi Stalker.


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While some are thrilled to see the show being celebrated and the beginning of its award season, others are a bit annoyed that a "kiss" that the creator described as "disturbing and violative" was nominated for Best Kiss over two of the show's most moving and powerful kisses between the queer couples.

In case you need a reminder, Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett broke the internet with their epic tragedy of a love story in episode three, and Ramsey's character Bella also explored her first romance with Euphoria star Storm Reid in episode seven, "Left Behind."

Queer fans are a bit disappointed neither of those moments made it to the Best Kiss category, especially since they were largely review bombed by homophobes and the nomination would've been a defiant celebration of LGBTQ+ stories. Which frankly we deserve, especially this year!



But we can't have it all! And to be fair, the Infected/Tess kiss is up against Harry Styles and David Dawson in My Policeman so it's not blatant homophobia.

And season two of The Last of Us is going to be even queerer. Ramsey has already teased how excited she is to explore Ellie’s lesbian relationship with Dina (Reid) and the show will reportedly introduce a new transgender character Lev who was introduced in the game's sequel.

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Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!