Netflix’s Black Mirror has received some harsh criticism for its latest season.
The criticism came for the series’ episode titled “Striking Vipers,” starring actors Nicole Beharie, Anthony Mackie, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Some people on social media complained that Black Mirror was pushing “the gay agenda” (check out some of the comments below.)
In the episode “Striking Vipers,” a pair of friends (Mackie and Mateen) bond over their love for video games while sharing an apartment with a woman (Beharie) who ends up becoming Anthony Mackie’s character’s wife.
Once Mackie and his wife were married, they lost contact with their former roommate but reunited with him years later during a birthday party. The roommate brought a video game, “Striking Vipers” as a gift to the party.
Mackie then decided to relive his youth that he left behind once he got married and became a father, and returned to his old heavy gaming ways, joining his old roomie in the interactive world where they become fictional characters.
In the gaming world, the two old roommates find themselves caught up in a web of lust and sexual desire when their gaming characters fall in love with each other.
Check out more of the criticism below.
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