The reception the Lexa Pledge has received suggests ambivalence about the impact of #BuryYourGays. Showrunners are now more aware of television’s tendency to kill queer characters, but they are wary of a blanket commitment to avoiding the trope. Their reluctance indicates that remedying the ‘bury your gays’ trope is not a question of simply asking creators to consciously choose to avoid it. We need to credit the forces history and context exert on creators as well. In the context of queer televisual death, critiques of individual creative choices should also contest the industry structures that make queer demise the path of least resistance.

Cameron, K. (2018). Toxic regulation: From TV’s code of practices to ‘#Bury Your Gays’, Participations 15 (1).

I love how much research fan reactions to the killing off of Lexa in The 100 has generated. (See also our other recent post from the Participations special issue on toxic fandom for more on this.) In this paper, Kelsey Cameron looks at some of the toxic fan behaviour in response to Lexa’s death and puts it in the context of a long history of media regulation and censorship when it comes to queer representation.

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