I was at work on Friday when I received a text message from my fiancé. With great elation she wrote, “My two favourite characters on The 100 finally had sex!” As a woman that doesn’t watch The 100 but grew up in the 90’s and was obsessed with Buffy The Vampire Slayer, I knew one of two things would happen: I would come home and hear about how this show smashes down barriers and become immediately obsessed, or one of these poor women is headed for the grave. Within 10 minutes, I had my answer along with vivid flashbacks of the traumatizing death scene involving Tara Maclay. A certain feeling of betrayal can occur when a character you identify with is killed off, as is the common the goal of a writer; viewer reaction is a clear indicator of a job well done. If you aren’t screaming “Shondaaa” with a clenched first in the air, you simply weren’t watching Grey’s Anatomy. While this is a completely legitimate tactic in terms of story structure and achieving the necessary ratings to continue airing a show, it can lead to what is referenced at “character baiting” and, from my understanding, fans bought into it hook, line and sinker. Sure you can say that this happens all the time and that The 100 has killed off over 60 characters in its 3-year run - so what makes this so different? Here is where we talk about inclusivity. According to the most recent GLAAD study, only 3.9 percent of 813 characters regularly seen on prime-time network scripted series will be lesbian, gay or bisexual - a total of 32 characters. Many of these still falling into the “safe” and overdramatized dynamic of emotionless husband vs. over caring wife (looking at you Modern Family) – rarely giving young members of the LGBTQ community a multi-dimensional character to root for. This backlash has sparked interest from the LGBTQ community while leading to a fundraiser benefiting The Trevor Project. If you aren’t aware of this noble cause, then I am ready to inform you that the need for Trevor is very real. Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are more than 4 times more likely than their straight peers to attempt suicide, and youth who are questioning their sexual orientation are 3 times more likely. For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death nationwide. Reaction to the “Clexa Army backlash” post episode 307 airing on Thursday March 3rd, 2016, leaves Jason Rothenberg, show-runner for The 100 with only 106,000 Twitter followers as opposed to his 121,000 followers prior to the episode airing. Writers have scrambled to tell social media that the Alycia Debnam Carey has a contract with Fear The Walking Dead, meaning her departure from The 100 was imminent. This is all fine and well, but while her departure may have been set in stone, the queer baiting and unfortunate demise was unnecessary. Digging deeper into our understanding of just why the reaction is so loud, we can take a look at the psychological aspect of an episode like 307. We are given the impression that not only are we “safe” to enjoy what we already knew was coming in a Clexa love scene, but we have also been hyped to maximum capacity to continue to believe in the “vision” of Jason Rothenberg and the 100. What does this mean? We continued to elevate the show as much as it was elevating us. It was a symbiotic relationship. When it all came crashing down a few minutes later, fans were left with a sense of shock, as Jason had wanted, only, what Jason failed to grasp in his foresight was that shock which is preceded by consummation equates betrayal. And that dear Jason and The 100 is a feeling, which launches itself into very many chaotic stages. Fans cried, live in reaction videos, screamed, begged, but most importantly LOST HOPE. When a vulnerable population comprised of LGBTQ youth or non LGBTQ youth are thrown major emotions which they cannot cognitively process through prior experience or knowledge of them, you create a recipe for disaster. This is when we see the desperation of a vulnerable human being fall into a hole of despair with no way out, not because they are weak, but because they have no idea how to process what they are feeling. Gracel Rose Hayes, a teenager residing in Auckland, New Zealand, has been in the hospital for the past 4 days as the result of a suicide attempt after viewing the episode on Thursday evening. Jason Rothenburg has yet to understand that his vision was the antecedent to this consequence, the behaviour triggering it, being the killing of Lexa and our feeling of hope. His silence and refusal to acknowledge his fans or the LGBTQ community after this train wreck only serves to further upset the grieving process, by throwing fans into a vortex of sadness to anger and round again.While some writers of The 100 have spoken out on social media and have offered their apologies for how terribly they handled the art of the writing process, the show-runner refuses to acknowledge his mess. Like a child, who throws a tantrum and absconds waiting the escape/avoidance reinforcers of his behaviours begin to once again baseline, he hides in privilege.This time however, Jason bit off more than he can chew. This is not 14 years ago when social media was nothing more than a dial-up where any stance taken would be slow, and in vain. This is 2016. This is the age of the viewers Jason Rothenburg so arrogantly thought he would impress and live on as a visionary in screenwriting without having a lick of knowledge in human emotion or empathy, the two greatest gifts of any writer. This is the age of no bull shit and reaping what you sow. This is the age of having the courage to admit when you have done wrong, because you have the means to it and you hold a great amount of responsibly to your writers, crew, cast and viewers. Support has already begun to pour in across the country. A series regular, Devin Bostick, who plays Jasper Jordan has donated to The Trevor Foundation as has Amber Benson, the first depicted lesbian on primetime network television who will forever haunt my dreams and make me wary of relationship happiness as depicted by on-screen media. It is because of these staggering and upsetting facts that our community must come together and support, share and donate to a very worthy cause. In just one week over $10,000 was raised in an outpouring of love, we urge readers to help out and do the same through the following link. https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=625415There is not much we can do in the way of changing what’s already been written. What we can do, however, is unite to help those who are hurting and despondent through this.*UPDATE: The Trevor Project has now received over $25,000 with many donations still coming in.