Michael Myers, the central fictional figure of the "Halloween" movie franchise, is homophobic, according to certain corners of social media.
What are the details?
Myers, or "The Shape," has been accused of homophobia after killing a same-sex couple in the newest "Halloween" installment, 2021's "Halloween Kills."
TMZ on Wednesday reported, "This is actually a thing ... the latest iteration of the masked madman is being accused by some Twitter truthers of being homophobic for offing a same-sex couple in the new 'Halloween Kills' movie ... which just came out about a week or so ago."
In the film, Myers executes a gay couple inside their home — which used to belong to Myers' family — and eventually lays their bodies next to one another on the ground. One of the men is sitting upright against a bookshelf while another lies on his back, one knee raised, with his hands folded over his stomach and his head on his dead partner's knee.
As TMZ pointed out, "Dude literally kills everyone in his path — black people, gay people, young and old ... and any gender."
What has been the response?
One clearly ruffled social user tweeted, "Michael Myers is homophobic[.]"
TMZ reported that another user wrote, "HALLOWEEN KILLS WAS SO GOOD BUT WHY DID MICHAEL HAVE TO KILL THE ONE GAY COUPLE... MICHAEL MYERS IS HOMOPHOBIC CONFIRMED."
WeGotThisCovered reported that another user quipped, "[A]ll i got from the new halloween movie is that michael myers is homophobic[.]"
Another added, "Can't believe Michael Myers is homophobic #cancelled."
"Watched Halloween Kills last night and y'all horror gays lied to me I didn't know Michael Myers was homophobic," another user noted, according to the outlet.
"Michael Myers is a racist homophobic murderer. No respect for him now," another user complained.
Another user marveled, "[T]he juxtaposition of michael myers killing a gay couple and chucky [the evil doll] talking about his genderfluid child in the same week is just insane[.]"
The TMZ report added, "While many appreciated the representation, others appear to have been offended by these two guys being among the body count. There've also been a few articles and op-eds written on the matter — and despite most who acknowledge it as silly ... some are pointing out 'The Shape' may, in fact, not be as progressive as some of his counterparts."
It seems fair to point out that social media wasn't paying much attention to what was happening in the film before circulating reports that the Myers character is gay — considering the fact that if you look closely at the photo behind the slain gay couple, it is a decidedly benign mirror image to the grisly scene taking place on the floor immediately below it.
Anything else to know?
"Halloween" star Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in both the 1978 original film and some of its successive films, recently spoke out about the gory horror flick and said that portions of the film mirror Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
She explained that the new film is "about rage, about a mob of angry people who don't trust the government, who don't trust the police, who don't trust the authorities to get the job done."
"They're going to do the job themselves," she added.
(Content warning: Graphic violence, gore):
Halloween Kills - Official Trailer www.youtube.com