Have you noticed that LGBT characters, especially lesbian and bisexual women, on some of your favorite television shows seem to be killed off at disproportionately high rates? Have you found this confusing or perhaps even frustrating? Well, you are not alone, and fans, as well as television writers and producers have apparently had enough.
In recent years, television fans from across the globe have taken note of what appears to be a high rate of fictional LGBT characters’ deaths in popular television shows. This included some notable departures from top tier shows like Empire, The Walking Dead, and The Vampire Diaries. But a one bullet recently proved to be one-too-many after the tragic death of Lexa in Season 3, Episode 9 of the post-apocalyptic American TV drama, The 100.
As a result, we now have the “Lexa Pledge” aptly named in memory of the fan favorite character from The 100. The producers and writers of the Canadian TV show Saving Hope recently signed this pledge, which calls for meaningful changes to how we view LGBT deaths on TV shows. The pledge calls for LGBT characters to be important parts of the storylines and not simply pawns created for the purpose of killing them off in order to further the plot otherwise. Since the Saving Hope writers and producers started this pledge, several other shows’ producers and writers have supported the cause.
So does this pledge resonate with you, or do you think perhaps some fan are being just a touch too sensitive after their favorite character bites the dust?