The PJ Tatler

Archie Andrews of Archie Comics Shot Dead Saving Gay Gun-Control Friend!

If political correctness was sugar this story would give all of Archie Comics’ readers diabetes.

Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie” tells the story of the icon’s final moments. Archie dies heroically taking a bullet meant for fictional Sen. Kevin Keller, the series’ first openly gay character. Keller is pushing for stricter gun control before the fatal shot is fired.

Why did a series that for so long revolved around malt shops and the virtues of blondes versus brunettes take such a dark and political turn? Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO, told the Associated Press they “wanted to do something that was impactful” and that would “resonate with the world.”

“That’s how we came up with the storyline of saving Kevin,” Goldwater said. “He could have saved Betty. He could have saved Veronica. We get that, but metaphorically, by saving Kevin, a new Riverdale is born.”

He could have saved birth control! He could have raised the minimum wage!

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