The sandman series is one of the most iconic and compelling stories of all time. Based on Neil Gaiman’s popular comic books, the Netflix adaptation follows the adventures of Dream (Morpheus), who is imprisoned in an occult ritual and awakens after 106 years to reclaim his tools — magical objects that allow him to control the world of dreams. In a fantasy world where feelings are gods and rubies can grant wishes, the show’s world is full of queer characters. From the bisexual Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman) to non-binary Desire and the queer serial killer Corinthian, The Sandman features a diverse group of queer folk. The bold representation of these characters has sparked curiosity and discussion from both fans and critics.
The importance of inclusive representation has gained significant recognition in recent years, and it is critical to the health of marginalized communities. Representation affirms identities, provides role models, and boosts self-esteem in people who have been excluded from the dominant culture. The sandman series demonstrates the value of LGBTQ representation by including characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming.
Despite these positive depictions, the sandman series has faced some criticism from trolls who claim that there is a woke agenda at play. For example, some have complained that the series depicts lesbian characters as abusive or unloving. But these claims are misguided and ignore the fact that the series includes multiple LGBT characters who are loving, healthy, and happy. Furthermore, it is worth noting that the trolls have mischaracterized Hazel and Foxglove as abusers while failing to recognize that they received a GLAAD award for their representation.