Fans of sci-fi television series The 100 have recently been furious with showrunners for killing off same sex-attracted character Lexa, accusing them of queerbaiting and playing into the "lesbian death trope", which has seen the violent deaths of 11 queer women on TV in the past few months.
Now, William Shatner has decided to share his (many, many) opinions on why fans should essentially just get over her death, and it is messy.
It all started when Stephen King tweeted about the show:
Out of nowhere, Shatner tweeted this, which fans took as a statement about Lexa's death.
One of the writers from The 100 saw this interaction and commented on it, as fans flooded Twitter with responses.
Shatner saw this, and chose to jump in.
And, well, things escalated from there. When a fan pointed out that "LGBT love rarely wins" on TV, Shatner argued that at least the showrunners had "the balls" to include an LGBT character. You know, in 2016.
Erasing hundreds of hetero happily ever afters in 140 characters or less, he followed this up by saying that happy couples are rare on TV and that's just "how life is portrayed on screen".
When a fan commented that "straights don't die from harmful tropes," Shatner confused himself and agreed with the commenter.
When fans explained that they were upset over Lexa's death because of the lack of well-written, realistic portrayals of LGBT characters on television that aren't oversexualised, he was was like "but they kissed was that sexy?"
At one point, he just started quoting things he knew for sure, regardless of whether it made any sense within the context of the conversation.
Quickly, Shatner began to feel very attacked, calling the fans' reaction "social media terrorism".
Fans sent him a link to this article detailing all 152 dead lesbian characters portrayed on television, which he read and quickly disregarded, asking whether Lexa's death meant "the end of LGBT".
After one fan asked how he could read about the lesbian death trope and still not "understand why [fans are] so angry?" Shatner responded that it didn't give fans the right to "attack" him.
When one fan wondered why Shatner was "commenting on an issue that does not concern him," pointing out that "if an issue does not affect you, it is none of your concern," he told her to "follow her own advice," the Twitter equivalent of "I know you are but what am I?"
Another fan told Shatner that he didn't "get to decide what offends or hurts somebody - especially when you're not a part of their community", and Shatner was like "um excuse me why not?"
Soon enough, Shatner seemed to decide that the problem was the fans, rather than the lack of LGBT characters on TV or the fact that they're all being killed off. One fan tweeted that LGBT people have a better understanding of LGBT representation on television than a straight man, to which Shatner replied:
One fan tried to reason with him, asking him to consider "what kind of message [it would send]" if "the only depictions of yourself on TV was you being killed, tortured, or just forgotten?" to which Shatner was like "nah".
Following it up with a rather ironic: "I wouldn't be messy on Twitter about it".
Confused as hell, he was like "is it good if you are not represented at all??????? Is that better???"
At one point, he got lost in his own thoughts...
Eventually, he decided that it seemed like "less of a headache" for showrunners to just not have LGBT characters on their shows in the first place.
And finished it all off with a tweet implying that fans were being ridiculous.
Shatner, it's time to log off.