Okay, I think we all need to keep in mind 2 important things here…
1. This is one of the first movies ever.
Bolin is having a difficult time differentiating between what’s real and not real because this is such a new concept for everyone.
So this idiot isn’t thinking in terms of “I’m playing a character” at all. He’s so caught up in the confusion of stardom that I think he really believes he is Nuktuk (he doesn’t even answer to “Bolin” anymore ffs). So when Ginger gives him the bedroom eyes on screen is all “Oh Nuktuuuuk *swoon*” his brain processes that as “she’s totally into me”… which really brings us to…
2. He’s always been really bad at reading people/situations.
He thought Korra was totally into him… he didn’t pick up on Eska’s creepiness (even though the first thing she ever did was hiss at him)… he’s made more than a few ill-timed jokes… he thought Ginger was into him despite her coldness towards him off-screen…
I mean I get what you’re saying, anon… I really do. And I agree that the “it’s just a cartoon, not real life” argument was in fact ridiculous; however,calling it a blatant issue is pushing it ffs it was a 0.2 second kiss that happened on screen and didn’t happen again.
Honestly, I think the main reason people are getting so pissed off about the whole ordeal is because it knocked Bolin off of the impossibly high pedestal on which everyone had placed him last season.
But this fandom needs to take a step back and realize that in order for people to grow and mature (like all of us so desperately want Bolin to do), they need to make mistakes. Which is all that kiss was. A mistake. Bolin was being a diva and needed a wake-up call– and getting bitched out by his co-star for giving her an unscripted kiss was that wake-up call.
He’ll learn from this experience and move on from there.
Like, look, if he doesn’t learn from this experience and then does it again– then we can get angry. We can raise hell and write multiple strongly-worded analyses online and gather into circles and pray for the writer of that episode to step on about 5 legos in a row. But I know for a fact that won’t happen
(maybe that’s because I’m one of the rare members of this fandom that actually trusts Bryke has a plan for everything they do).
On the for reals though… saying an ill-timed mistake of a kiss is promoting rape culture (not saying YOU’VE said that, anon, but most of the posts I’ve seen have been saying that) is pushing it a little bit too far.
They kissed, he immediately got told “no”, and then he didn’t try it again.
I just ???? ? ? ? ? dont ? understand??? why this ? ? ? ???? is s??tiLL?? an issUE??? ? ?