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There's a gay warrior in the new Mortal Kombat?


In the words of Eminem... “I don't care if you're black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you. Simple as that.” ... but it still came as something of a revalation to me when I found out one of the ensemble cast of fighters in Mortal Kombat X is homosexual.

Do I care?  Not really, but I know plenty of "for-the-love-of-jesus" types that probably will. Don't get me wrong, you have to pick up on some subtleties to figure out the character is gay, but it's definitely there. had this explanation:

Kung Jin—a one of the new Shaolin Monks fighting for Earthrealm—appears to be the first gay male character in Mortal Kombat. The revelation comes during a flashback cutscene.

Relevant dialogue starts at about 3:30 in the video above, where Raiden says, “Self-loathing has always been an unfortunate part of your make-up.” Later, after the thunder god tries to get Kung Jin to follow in his ancestors’ footsteps and become a warrior monk, Kung Jin says, “I can’t... They won’t accept...” Raiden—who knows what the young mortal’s talking about because, well, he’s a god—replies by saying, “They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart desires.”

The interpretation of this particular character beat—first talked up at Gay Star News— was seemingly confirmed in a tweet by NetherRealm cinematic director Dominic Cianciolo, where he said, “I see people are picking up on the subtle exposition contained in Kung Jin’s flashback. Glad we have observant fans!”

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