NBCA while back, I discussed the affirmative action-like policies regarding having LGBT characters in movies and television series. Such policies continue, and are now headed to a whole new level.
First, there is ABC’s television series Once Upon a Time, in which the show’s creators portrayed Mulan as having feelings for Princess Aurora (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) although no relationship had resulted. And just when it seemed like the show would not go any further down that road, in a later episode Red Riding Hood becomes Dorothy Gale’s true love, even kissing Dorothy to awaken her from a sleeping curse. Such a decision to have a lesbian story was because the show’s creators wanted to appeal (or perhaps appease) the viewers from the gay community. Since Once Upon a Time was supposed to be a family series with the various Disney and other story book characters, many viewers had decided to stop watching the show.
Next, there is the sequel to Disney’s Frozen, in which a petition has been going around calling for the movie’s main character Elsa to be a lesbian. Hopefully, the petition will not succeed. And if it does succeed, then Frozen 2 will be a disaster, because many people do not want their children to see Disney characters have same-sex relationships.
Walt Disney must be spinning in his grave.
Then, there is the next Captain America film, in which some fans are demanding that Captain America have a boyfriend. Keep in mind a similar scenario took place for Green Lantern. And if Captain America decides to find a boyfriend in the next film, then it will also be a disaster.
Finally, there is the NBC television series Shades of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. Part of the storyline involves Ray Liotta’s character being bisexual (being married to a woman and having a male lover). His boyfriend was killed off in the season finale, so it remains to be seen if the show’s writers will decide to have Liotta’s character remain bisexual for the show’s second season. No doubt many viewers stopped watching the show after the bisexuality of Liotta’s character was revealed — maybe that’s why the boyfriend was done in.
So what is to be done about these scenarios? How about circulate a counter-petition demanding that the producers of the previously mentioned movies not develop same-sex relationship storylines for their respective characters. And circulate petitions for the previously mentioned shows demanding that they do away with the same-sex relationships. Otherwise, these movies and television shows will be boycotted.
It’s up to us to take a stand.
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