Voltron Showrunner Apologizes After Killing Off a Gay Character
'Voltron' Showrunner Apologizes After Killing Off a Gay Character
"There is no way for me to take away the hurt some of you have felt with the loss of Adam..."
Voltron: Legendary Defender showrunner Joaquim Dos Santos took to Twitter yesterday to openly apologize to fans who felt like the popular animated Netflix series queer-baited them.
\u201cAn open letter to the VLD fandom RE: Season 7.\u201d— Joaquim Dos Santos (@Joaquim Dos Santos) 1534211080
Dos Santos' apology comes on the heels of the controversy surrounding the show's decision to kill off Adam, a gay character who was revealed to be the love interest of Shiro, one of Voltron's lead male characters.
Although fans were excited about the show having a queer lead character on it, they were rightfully upset to learn that his love interest (who was literally introduced to them this current season) was killed off after only being seen for a total of two scenes, according to The Mary Sue.
"There is no way for me to take away the hurt some of you have felt with the loss of Adam and from a bigger prespective how we fumbled a potentially larger positive social message," Dos Santos wrote in his apology.
"What I can say is that we're riding an ever moving, fine line here and trying to navigate as best as we can while still moving the conversation forward. We are incredibly proud of the strides we were able to make thus far. The fact that there is a vocal audience demandind for the conversation to be pushed farther and faster is ultimately an incredibly positive thing and a lesson we'll take moving forward."