TV producer Jeremy Slater has absolutely no time for homophobic fans.
Slater is an executive producer on the Fox series The Exorcist, a sequel to the 1973 film.
In a recent episode, excommunicated priest Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) travels to an island to investigate the paranormal. There, he shares a kiss with a friendly local (Christopher Cousins).
Slate did an interview with Sci-Fi Bulletin where he talked about the moment in question.
He first acknowledged that there wasn’t much backlash. However, when he addressed the people who took issue with the kiss, he held nothing back.
‘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,”‘ he said. ‘If a homophobe can’t watch the show any more because one of the characters is gay, then I’m glad something good has come out of it.’
He thinks it’s high time people move on from this way of thinking.
‘This is 2017 and we still have people throwing temper tantrums on line 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, and let them kick and scream as they go.’
Seeing positive representation
Slater went on to discuss the importance of positive representation, especially for those often under-represented in media.
‘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 that’s treated with the sensitivity that Ben and Christopher both brought to that performance,’ he said.
He also said that they’ve established Marcus as bisexual on the show from the beginning.
‘Getting to explore all facets of his sexuality and character is really something that we didn’t get a chance to do in season 1, not because we didn’t want to, but because we didn’t have the time to do it,’ he acknowledged, though.
Now that they’re in Season 2, things are different, though.
‘I knew coming back to season 2 that it was very important,’ he said. ‘We had to work this into the plot in a natural way and do justice to it. We didn’t want to be coy and just dance around his sexuality for another season.’