FOX TV has posted a clip from Gotham Season 2 featuring Sean Pertwee's Alfred hitting Camren Bicondova's Selina Kyle, asking "Did Selina deserve it," which has stirred up a bit of controversy.
The video, posted three hours ago, has already been viewed over 60,000 times and has amassed over 300 shares, 3000 likes and over 600 comments.
At issue is the fact that Alfred - a grown man - hit a young girl.
Various comments range from "assault on an under age girl. He should be arrested" to "I couldn't believe he did that and it wasn't right" to "No! First scene that I didn't like with Gotham."
It probably should be noted the scene was supposed to feature a slap -- and not a punch (which the sound effects make it more out to be). We do see Selina wasn't marked or really phased by the strike, so it's safe to assume it was a slap.
As other fans mention, maybe Selina did deserve it as she was responsible for the death of Reggie; however, Aflred apparently didn't have all the info and still comes out as the bad guy.
"No. She saved Master Bruce's life but Alfred didn't know all the facts," a fan stated.
Still another fan added: "No! What she did to Reggie was wrong, but Selena care more about Bruce as much as Alfred does! Alfred needs to know all the facts first! Though he would be against it, Selena would do anything for Bruce -- even kill for him! That is why Selena/future Catwoman is the one great and true love of Bruce/future Batman: they share the same 'dark side'. Sounds a little like Jim/Barbara, don't you think?"
The Dynamic I get... But I was a bit pissed to see Alfred slap Salina Kyle @Gotham. That was weird & unnecessary, she's a child.— Key (@TheKeyFiles) October 18, 2015
Hi @Gotham can you have Alfred slap more children in upcoming episodes? Maybe curb stomp a baby during sweeps week?— Robert Swartwood (@RobertSwartwood) October 18, 2015
I don't think I've ever seen someone take their hand that far back for an open hand slap. #Gotham— Blerds Online (@BlerdsOnline) October 17, 2015