Since its release on April 14, Mortal Kombat X has been a pretty big hit among gamers, but better yet, it’s given gaymers something to be proud of.
Staying true to the long-running rumor that the tenth installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise would feature a gay character, NetherRealm Studios cinematic director Dominic Ciancolo confirmed that the newcomer Kung Jin – an unwilling hero and one of the game’s protagonists – is homosexual.
@bcharred I see people are picking up on the subtle exposition contained in Kung Jin's flashback. Glad we have observant fans!
— Dominic Cianciolo (@domcianciolo) April 14, 2015
This revelation comes mainly through the cutscene above, and while it may be completely insignificant to the game’s plot (as it should be), this comfortable inclusion has quietly made franchise history.
In fact, there’s a great message behind the scene, as Kung Jin seems unhappy with his orientation, or more so, how his family and others will react to it. Mortal Kombat OG Raiden places a hand on his shoulder and tells him, “Self-loathing has always been an unfortunate part of your makeup. There lies ahead a brighter path [… Your family] cares only about what is in your heart. Not whom your heart desires.” Preach!
So what if Kung Jin is kind of whiny and emo? It goes without saying that countless gaymers and fans in general are just happy to have such a studly, ruthless assassin on their side.
Mortal Kombat introduces Kung Jin, their first gay fighter pic.twitter.com/H0qnp820Of
— Common Gay Boy (@CGBPosts) April 16, 2015
If Kung Jin is gay: awesome If Kung Jin isn't gay: awesome Best part: his sexual situation isn't even a part of his personality/design.
— (エ) (@MINUSTHEFIGHTER) April 7, 2015
SO PROUD TO BE A #GAYMER !!!! Mortal Kombat's first gay character!!! Super fuckin awesome to have our community acknowledged like this! Thank you so much #netherrealmstudios #instagay #gay #gaystagram #kungjin #mortalkombatx #mortalkombat #ps4 #sony #playstation #psn #gaypride #gaymen #gayman #earthrealm #acceptance #strength #beastmode #LGBTQIA #LGBT #awesome #instagay
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