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Rob

The headlines definitely claim a larger thing, but there doesn't seem to be. All I can find is the same formula: "outrage" and "controversy" sourced to random twitter accounts with few followers, found by searching twitter for keywords. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/24/walking-dead-gay-kiss-fans_n_6746762.html http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/02/23/walking-deads-gay-kiss-ignites-controversy-online/ http://www.buzzfeed.com/lanesainty/cannibalism-a-ok-but-gay-kiss-too-much-for-walking-dead-fans#.soy7V446Q http://uproxx.com/tv/2015/02/last-nights-the-walking-dead-aired-a-gay-kiss-that-set-the-internet-on-fire/ http://www.thebacklot.com/jerks-on-twitter-are-upset-about-the-walking-dead-gay-kiss/02/2015/ http://heavy.com/social/2015/02/walking-dead-gay-kiss-aaron-eric-youtube-video/ http://www.sheknows.com/entertainment/articles/1076391/twitter-spews-hate-over-the-gay-kiss-on-the-walking-dead http://www.refinery29.com/2015/02/82741/girls-abortion-walking-dead-gay-kiss http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/02/gay_kiss_on_the_walking_dead_d.html http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2015/02/walking-dead-gay-kiss This one doesn't even bother embedding the tweets -- it just links to the search results! http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/02/the_walking_dead_introduces_a.html Sometimes there is at least a b-list celeb or media figure to hang the story on, using tweetrage as filler. But controversy here is the missing ingredient in the controversy. QED. The Daily Beast and EW have article about the gay characters, but they're standard PR puff pieces. There are no negative comments. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/22/the-walking-dead-s-big-gay-love-story-ross-marquand-on-aaron-s-coming-out-party.html http://www.ew.com/article/2015/02/22/walking-dead-star-ross-marquand-aaron http://www.out.com/popnography/2015/2/23/walking-dead-first-gay-kiss Uproxx claims it is a momentous event -- http://uproxx.com/tv/2015/02/the-brilliant-irony-to-the-gay-kiss-in-last-nights-the-walking-dead-that-you-might-have-missed/ -- but has no commentary from anyone who thinks it is momentous. Commenter oneupmanship seems to revolve around saying it's no big deal. Which poses a question: why are we (and the media) so eager to find controversy in queer things in the media? "Controversy" is a story about debate, about a society whose opposing forces respect one another and share common ground. But we're really at the point where all that social cohesion is a thing of the past. There are instead two sides fighting to the death, forced to use shared communication technologies (twitter!) that permit any fraction of any conversation to be posed as representative of an imaginary whole. The media likes controversy stories because they star The Media as referee! Some queer people maybe like controversy stories because they suggest that conservatives are still participating in the debate, rather than stockpiling guns and bibles and credit card debt.