A popular character from Netflix‘s reliably nihilistic animated series Bojack Horseman has come out as asexual, and hundreds of fans are praising the creative decision.
Voiced by Aaron Paul (formerly of Breaking Bad), Todd Chavez is Horseman’s quasi-slacker roomie and co-conspirator. In episode 3 of just-released season four, Chavez opens up to Horseman about his sexuality.
“A sexual what?” Horseman asks. “Dynamo? Deviant? Harassment lawsuit waiting to happen?”
“No, asexual – not sexual.”
“I’m sure you think that’s weird,” Todd says.
“Are you kidding?” Bojack responds. “That’s amazing. Sometimes I wish I was asexual. Maybe then I wouldn’t have a strain of herpes.”
“It actually feels nice to finally say it out loud,” Todd later admits. “I am an asexual person. I am asexual.”
“That’s great,” Bojack says.
Further on in the scene, the titular talking horse actor says jokes, “You know, for an asexual, more than not-friends is probably as good as it gets, right?”
“Yeah, I’m not really at a place yet where I want to joke about it,” Todd says.
“Got it, got it, totally,” Horseman says.
“But it feels good to talk about it,” Todd admits.
Fans of the show are reacting emotionally to the scene, particularly viewers who themselves identify as asexual.
Many are saying it’s the first time they’ve ever seen themselves represented anywhere in popular culture:
I’m only on ep. 3 of the new Bojack but I’m already crying about asexual Todd
— Hana (@Angelsfeelings) September 11, 2017
So apparently Todd is asexual.
I feel somewhat obligated to watch Bojack now I've wanted some representation for years.
— Lynn (@Skylacine) September 11, 2017
ahh they actually used the word asexual to describe todd in the first episode of bojack season 4 i was so happy
— goth dad oh man (@unicorn__tommo) September 11, 2017
love love love love love that todd on bojack is now openly asexual and everybody is just completely cool with it. What a show my dudes
— emily (@acupofwittea) September 11, 2017
the new season of Bojack is so good I'm crying abt Todd being openly asexual I've never seen anyone like me in that respect normalized on tv
— presley (@presleyadodge) September 11, 2017
— Princess Kenny! (@Bodacious_Ace) September 11, 2017
TODD IS ASEXUAL.
Yep I should start watching again.https://t.co/0LIMbvt19d
— d o i (@patingintingin) September 11, 2017
Todd being asexual on bojack is just so!! Pure !! Wow I am so emo today
— HELLRAESER (@gncrae) September 10, 2017
I love how Todd is asexual. #BoJack is literally my favourite show
— PICKLE RICK (@cazeroili) September 10, 2017
bojack horseman saved my asexual ass
— dogfather (@SqueeneyTodd) September 10, 2017
h/t: Pink News