Tony Moore, the Kentucky native who co-created “The Walking Dead,” has lashed out online at Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.
Bevin, on a Louisville show with conservative talk radio host Leland Conway, said that mass shootings show a problem with a culture that celebrates death with zombie-based TV shows as well as abortions.
“When a culture is surrounded by, inundated by, rewards things that celebrate death, whether it is zombies in television shows, the number of abortions ... there’s a thousand justifications for why we do this,” Bevin said, according to the Courier-Journal.
Moore, who created “The Walking Dead” graphic novel series with fellow Kentuckian Robert Kirkman, was having none of it.
On Moore’s blog , he wrote that Bevin “decided to trot out this tired old garbage position and accuse our creation of being the root of society’s problems.”
Moore said “The Walking Dead” is “simple escapism.”
“The Walking Dead” TV series is now in its ninth season.
Moore wrote that if Bevin wants to discuss a culture of death, he “should inspect his record on dialing back Medicaid expansion to thousands of vulnerable Kentuckians, or cutting worker safety regulations and union protections in the state.”
He also accused Bevin of having a “science-denying environmental policy.” Moore concluded that Bevin “needs to have a good long look in the mirror to see what the face of a culture celebrating death truly looks like.”
Moore and Kirkman were in Kentucky in 2016 for “Walking Dead” day in Cynthiana, when, among other activities, they helped dedicate a Cynthiana highway sign celebrating their accomplishments.