The Last of Us has been around almost as much since its launch on HBO. Whether it’s critics or the public, nearly everyone seems to agree to the salute. the quality of the television adaptation. On specialty sites, each of the first two episodes received outstanding ratings, which is relatively rare for a series that has just started. But on Rotten Tomatoes, as on IMDb, Opinions on the third part are falling. Meanwhile, on social media, the episode garnered acclaim for its strong emotional reach and portrayal of a couple in the middle of an apocalypse.
So what happened? If the reason is definitely overlooked by anyone who sees the episode itself, some viewers aren’t hiding their reasons behind their serious ratings. The problem is that Bill and Frank are gay. For most of those concerned, it would be just another gay love story that they’ve seen all too often on TV. However, according to a report published by the GLAAD association in 2018, LGBT characters represent only 6.4% of the American audiovisual landscape. Suffice it to say that these comments are strongly mixed with homophobia.
The Last of Us is attacked by homophobic viewers
Still, it’s worth remembering that in the 2013 game it was already strongly implied that Bill and Frank were in a relationship. If the series definitely took great liberties with the death of two characters (Frank died by hanging in the game and by drug suicide from an illness in the series, Bill does not die in the game but joins Frank in the series) contented himself with the episode. confirm the rumors circulating about their relationship for many years.
This phenomenon is not new. It even has a name: review the bombing. Concretely, it’s about attacking rating sites to attribute a bad review to a work. Often, their followers express their dissatisfaction with the creators of this work, for ideological reasons or just for trolling. Fortunately, The Last of Us’ overall rating hasn’t suffered too much from this event.
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