Twitter users are trying to claim a video game character as their own again. But this time, can you blame them?
Mortal Kombat 11 dropped last week to mixed reviews. But while some video game fans are contemplating whether the franchise has fizzled out from its former glory, others are questioning whether one of its characters should come out.
Kano is an original character from the long-running game franchise. In fact, he’s been around since 1992. That said, some fans think the character has turned into “literal gay fetish bait.”
The shirtless cyborg is seen chugging beer cans before spitting it out at the camera or urinating away on the ground. According to gay Twitter, this makes Kano a trashy gay fantasy.
It doesn’t help that Kano’s selfish and edgy personality adds to the gloryhole-esque aesthetic. Plus, as Gay Star News points out, the character’s moves are titled “fist of power,” “chokeshold,” and “power slam.”
“This character is not heterosexual. He is a dick pig. You’d find him in the hole at jackhammer [a Chicago gay club] any night,’ wrote one Twitter user.
THIS CHARACTER IS NOT HETEROSEXUAL HE IS A DICK PIG YOU'D FIND IN THE HOLE AT JACKHAMMER ANY NIGHT pic.twitter.com/CmnqeOL3pd
— BernieBromo (@kamilumin) April 25, 2019
Kano and Johnny have aged seriously well in #MK11 they deffo knew what they where doing to the gays. I mean Fuck me It looks like my search history, #daddies, #bears, #leatherqueens and #mrmotivator 😂😍 pic.twitter.com/5aQrI1pkw1
— Stephen Moore (@hste99) April 26, 2019
— Dylan (8Bit) 🏳️🌈 (@EightBitDylan) April 23, 2019
Kano has ALWAYS been gay and his rivalry with Sonya is absolutely everything pic.twitter.com/kesxOJKidr
— ⚡️1312⚡️ (@_T_Skywalker) April 25, 2019
— Travis (@travistruant) April 24, 2019
Ultimately, the character is not canonically gay in the game franchise’s mythos. In fact, the only confirmed gay character is Mortal Kombat X’s Kung Jim.
That said, the game’s creators have coded Kano with qualities that mirror a certain brand of gay/rustic men. And honestly, we don’t know if we’re thankful or not. But, Twitter users sure are.