The Walking Dead isn’t exactly the most kid-friendly show on television. Carl? Missing an eye. Lizzie? Dead. Mika? Dead. Sophia? Dead. Sam? Dead, and if you’re the kind of person who said “good riddance” when he was turned into zombie chow, you’ll love this photo shoot from Alana Hubbard. The professional photographer had a group of 24 children, including her five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter, dress up as characters from The Walking Dead, including an adorably evil Negan standing over Glenn’s lifeless corpse.
Well, there’s your answer!
In case the caption wasn’t a giveaway — “sadly I couldn’t PHOTOSHOP fake blood in because people reported his last Negan picture and it was removed unjustly and NO CHILD WAS HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS” — Hubbard has received a, in the words for NJ.com, “viral firestorm of criticism.”
“I’m not the first person in the history of America to have children reenacting violence,” Hubbard said, in an interview Wednesday with NJ Advance Media. “This is what child actors do.” (Via)
One commenter wrote on Hubbard’s Facebook, “I think it’s pretty sick for you to expose children to the show or these ideas in general. Would you let them pose or ‘pretend’ for Fifty Shades of Grey? Equally disturbing. What a bummer for you to use your talent and public forum in this way.” Another, who for sure didn’t overreact to a cute and harmless photography project, posted a picture of an actual dead child, which caused her account to be briefly suspended.
Hubbard doesn’t let her kids watch The Walking Dead, but she notes that there’s a big difference between having Baby Carol pretend to shoot Baby Lizzie with a gun from Toys“R”Us, and actually seeing the scene play out on television. “Everyone is overthinking this way too much. It was a one time thing,” she said. “They went home and went back to their regularly scheduled lives.” Of not bashing people’s heads in with a barbed-wire wiffle ball bat.