In "Ghost Cheaters," the character of Toby (Tommy Heleringer) witnesses a shooting in the West Village, a New York neighborhood which was the scene of the real-life case of Mark Carson, a 32-year-old Brooklyn resident who died in May after being gunned down in what authorities suspect was an anti-gay hate crime.
Writer-director Adam Goldman ("The Outs") told The Huffington Post that it was important for him to include shades of the disturbing anti-gay crime wave in the series, and said he was "really proud" of the episode as a whole.
"We didn't want to be too on-the-nose about it, so I think for some people it will fly overhead, but I tried to write the kind of material that would perhaps bring me a little comfort given the circumstances," Goldman said. "Hopefully that's the way it reads for the audience as well."
"Whatever this is." has garnered a faithful LGBT fanbase since its debut earlier this summer. In an interview with The Huffington Post in August, Dylan Marron, who stars as the openly gay Ari, said the series' nuanced approach to gay-relevant themes sets it apart from its counterparts.
“I love seeing an out gay character who hasn’t figured it all out," Marron said at the time. "He isn’t necessarily the sassiest … Ari not only feels flawed, but also a bit like he’s still under construction.”
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