Did the latest death on ‘The Walking Dead’ exploit a tired gay stereotype?

The zombies on The Walking Dead have raised the ire of another subspecies that’s easy to rile: The denizens of the Twitterverse.

Consider this your Spoiler Alert.

The death of Denise on Sunday’s episode left many fans with a bad taste in their mouths, particularly since the lesbian character is apparently the latest victim of what Vanity Fair has dubbed a “troubling TV trend:” “Bury Your Gays” or “Dead Lesbian Syndrome,” depending on which you think sounds sexier.

TV Tropes breaks down the phenomenon here.

And here’s a taste of Twitter’s traumatized reaction to the episode:

Gay New York Assemblyman: Mixed martial arts is ‘gay porn with a different ending.’

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