February 2, 2024

Why is the Sandman So Gay?

The new Netflix series adaptation of Neil Gaiman's beloved Sandman comic books has made waves since its premiere in early August with critical acclaim and the number one spot on many streaming charts. The show's popularity has also brought with it a host of questions about the series, including the ever-present discussion of its queer representation. Gaiman has been responding to those critics on Twitter, with some choice quotes.

Gaiman, who wrote the original comics and helped develop this Netflix series with producers David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg, isn't going to bow down to trolls who think the series is too gay. He explained why in a Twitter thread that's been shared over 100,000 times so far.

'It’s not ‘woke’ to include a lot of LGBTQ characters in this kind of story — it’s just the right way to tell the story I wanted to tell, and to stay true to my own ideas.'

It’s an important point, especially as there are still people who claim that LGBTQ characters in media should be avoided because they’re evil or somehow bad. There’s nothing wrong with depicting evil LGBTQ characters — Pose and It’s A Sin have both done this to great success — but that shouldn’t be at the expense of other stories about queer people.

Those who are complaining that the show is too gay have been claiming that all of the LGBTQ relationships on display are abusive or cheating or some other stereotype, but they’ve been proven wrong. There’s only been one LGBTQ character who has been abusive — Judy, the genderfluid character who literally rapes a woman in a coma — and she was killed off in the first issue of Sandman that the show adapts.

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