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The TV trope that's killing off your favorite LGBTQ characters




Fan favorite, Lexa, from the CW's 'The 100' dies after being shot by a stray bullet.
Fan favorite, Lexa, from the CW's 'The 100' dies after being shot by a stray bullet.
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Rest in Peace Mimi and Camilla!

Mimi and Camilla were a lesbian power couple, played by Marisa Tomei and Naomi Campbell, on the incredibly popular T.V. show 'Empire'. Recap of the messy murder-homicide below.

Empire, Camilla, and Mimi

Last week, the two were killed off, which was a big bummer for fans of the show, but was it part of 'the bury your gays' trope, a trend of killing off characters who aren't straight?

Some critics argue this is just the latest example of a long tradition of axing gays on television. The most recent killings were kicked off by the CW's 'The 100' when one of the fiercest characters, who also happened to be a lesbian, was killed by a stray bullet.

The 100, Lexa dies

Other deaths that fall under this trope include Denise from The Walking Dead (WARNING: graphic clip) and the original death, Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Here to explain is Trish Bendix,  Editor-in-chief of the LGBTQ pop culture blog AfterEllen.com.

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.