PSA for the antis
For the sake of clarification, I’m going to put in simple and plain English for some people to understand.
Since it’s inception in 1941, the comics released by (then-MLJ Comics) Archie Comics have released a total of approximately 4851 issues. For ease of understanding, I have omitted Pep Comics, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This figure includes classic comic releases and holiday specials and trade paperback editions like Bad Boy Trouble and Archie Americana Series.
Out of this figure - 13 issues, written by Chip Zdarsky (who only wrote 8 and is no longer on that story arc), feature Jughead identifying as an asexual individual. 13 issues, which were released as a modern reboot in 2015. The comics have been around for 76 years.You do the math.
0.27% - that is the total percentage of the comic’s expansive history that features his sexuality in this manner. With comparison to Jughead-centric issues alone, then it goes up (but not by much) to 2.25%.
Enough with all the accusations of ‘erasure’ or ‘censorship of sexuality’.
You are blatantly disregarding the amount of dedication and hard work that has been poured into the show by writers, actors, and even the son of the original creator of the series. Stop believing everything you see online. Even if you want to bring up the topic of sexuality as an argument point, please do your research first.
The majority of the hate-mongering anti-fans have failed to even attempt to do a little research on the background of the series, simply latching on to some poisonous opinion and re-tweeting and re-blogging just to express their extreme displeasure at just about everything. I daresay some of you don’t even truly care about his sexuality - you’re just displeased with the current pairings on the show and therefore you lash out at everything you can grasp onto or comprehend.
‘But he identifies as asexual!’ Yes, in 0.27% of the comic’s history. Maybe in future there will be a different adaptation, but don’t shoot the messenger. There is no need for harassment or threats sent to the writers/actors on social media.
‘But he hates women!’ In 1965, it was revealed that Jughead’s interest in food stems from him being nervous around women. In 1988, the overall cause of his dislike for the opposite gender stems from a broken heart courtesy of his childhood crush. I mean, really - if you want to talk about comic portrayal he’s married to Ethel in one. Is that not erasure to you then?
There have been four animated series, a film, and two live-action shows based off this series. Get real. This isn’t the first adaptation of the Archie comics, and neither will it be the last. There will be multiple variations, alternative timelines and different relationships - if the thought of a certain pairing or character portrayal is so offensive to you, I suggest you avoid the show from this day forth and instead investment your time and effort into more productive matters.
Newsflash: If you don’t like the show, then don’t watch it. Please do not insult those who have actually grown up with these characters, enjoyed the series for years, or even those discovering this gem for the first time because of the show - individuals who are open to differing timelines and variations of the comics.