Far-Right Fans Of The Boys Stunned After Finally Realising Homelander Is Evil
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Far-right fans of Amazon Prime superhero show The Boys are only just working out that the rapist who leaves innocents to die when he could save them and calls humans 'f*****g mudpeople' is evil.
According to Uproxx, far-right viewers of the satirical superhero show sent Reddit's page for The Boys into meltdown as they whined about the show getting 'political' – which is pretty much code for viewpoints they don't like.
That it's taken them this long to work out that Homelander is the bad guy is incredible; that they're in meltdown over such an obvious thing is even more so.
The Boys subreddit is chaos right now. Threads getting locked, users rage-deleting whole accounts. It’s amazing. Right-wing users are whining about “no politics,” but it’s impossible to talk about the show without them now. Fans who thought Homelander was cool are in a meltdown. pic.twitter.com/w4YyWVuWIW— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) June 18, 2022
It should have been obvious from the first episode of The Boys that Homelander is evil, since it ends with him shooting down a plane with his laser vision, killing everyone on board.
The show is not squeamish about showing us what an awful excuse for a superhero he is, as he later screws up saving another plane from being hijacked and leaves everyone to die when he could at least save a few of them.
Homelander is a rapist and a murderer, and there's hardly an episode of The Boys where someone doesn't lament that the most powerful being on the planet is so morally grotesque.
The second series ramps up the 'Homelander is evil' message as he starts dating an actual Nazi and stays with her once her secret is revealed.
The thing that clinches it for him is when she tells him that he, a blonde-haired and blue-eyed superman, is everything she ever dreamed of.
Again, The Boys is not subtle about the whole 'Homelander is evil' thing.
Perhaps the only thing that could be said to his credit is that he's not fully on board with her Nazi ideals, and even then his reasons are terrible as he tells her 'I'm the master race'.
The people behind The Boys have not been subtle about their inspirations for Homelander, drawing a direct line between him and former US president Donald Trump.
Far-right fans in the US are almost certainly going to be Trump supporters, so it's no surprise they like Homelander and are stunned to discover he's really just an evil piece of work.
Per Rolling Stone, showrunner Eric Kripke insisted Homelander has 'always been a Trump analogue', though he admitted to being a little more obvious about it now than in previous seasons.
This season, The Boys is using Homelander to explore the idea that, as Kripke puts it, 'the more awful public figures act, the more fans they seem to be getting'.
Kripke also spoke about one of Homelander's main problems being that he's stuck in a 'white-male victimization'.
Now who does that sound like?
New episodes of The Boys release on Amazon Prime on Fridays.