THE LAST OF US Star Bella Ramsey Responds To Backlash At Show's Inclusion Of LGBTQ+ Characters

THE LAST OF US Star Bella Ramsey Responds To Backlash At Show's Inclusion Of LGBTQ+ Characters

As is so often the case, The Last of Us has received quite a lot of backlash for its inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters, and star Bella Ramsey (Ellie) has now responded...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 15, 2023 12:02 PM EST
Filed Under: The Last Of Us

HBO's The Last of Us is the latest show to come under fire for its inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters, with the recent third episode, "Long, Long Time," repeatedly review-bombed on IMDB.

It's a common occurrence these days, with a lot of people seemingly taking issue with changes being made to the source material solely for the sake of diversity.

Even if you happen to agree, those complaints really shouldn't apply to The Last of Us, since both games feature quite a few queer and trans protagonists (and yes, Bill and Frank are supposed to be lovers in the first game).

During a new interview with GQ, star Bella Ramsey - who self-defines as non-binary - was asked about the backlash the show has received, and gave a very matter-of-fact response.

“I’m not particularly anxious about it,” said the former Game of Thrones alum. “I know people will think what they want to think. But they’re gonna have to get used to it. If you don’t want to watch the show because it has gay storylines, because it has a trans character, that’s on you, and you’re missing out. It isn’t gonna make me afraid. I think that comes from a place of defiance.”

As Ramsey alludes to, if these guys have a problem with season 1, they're really going to blow a gasket once season 2 comes out!

In The Last of Us Part II video game, Ellie embarks on a relationship with another young woman, Dina, and a trans character is introduced when Abby - the story's controversial new deuteragonist - encounters a wayward Seraphite named Lev.

Episode 6 of The Last of Us is set to premiere this Sunday, so be sure to keep an eye out for our recap as soon as the episode airs.

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