Conservatives have found a new focus for their anti-LGBTQ vitriol — Netflix, which is depicting Alexander the Great as a bisexual man.
The six-part docuseries Alexander: The Making of a God follows the ancient Greek conqueror’s rise to power and the expansion of his empire to become one of the largest in world history, but also looks at his rumored love life.
The series features historians discussing Alexander’s life, intercut with dramatic reenactments of major events in the warrior’s life. It has consistently been in the top 10 viewed TV shows on Netflix since its debut on January 31, reaching as high as second overall behind the biopic series Griselda, reports Newsweek.
Within the first eight minutes of Alexander, the titular character, portrayed by Buck Braithwaite, is seen kissing his good friend and rumored lover, Hephaestion, played by Will Stevens.
Although most historians — including those who contributed to the docuseries — acknowledge that Alexander was at least bisexual and that homosexuality was at least tolerated in ancient Greece, the depiction of two men kissing was enough to send some viewers into fits of rage.
“Netflix made a new documentary about Alexander the Great. Within the first 8 minutes, they turned him gay,” lamented the End Wokeness account on X.
Netflix made a new documentary about Alexander The Great. Within the first 8 minutes, they turned him gay. pic.twitter.com/y56b4eDkjb
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) February 5, 2024
“I hate wokeness, but hear me out: there’s a good chance he was at least bisexual because, well, that was kind of the Greek thing to do,” replied one user.
“It’s still unproven speculation and should definitely not be shoved into the first 8 minutes,” End Wokeness responded.
It’s still unproven speculation and should definitely not be shoved into the first 8 minutes
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) February 6, 2024
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