Okay, I guess we need to talk about that.
Yes, this is a gay couple. Come on, he has his hand on his shoulder. The plant forms a heart. Look at these beautiful boyfriends.
Is that proper representation? No, of course not. Those are two characters that aren’t even properly animated, have no names, no dialogue, no backstory. You could easily miss them. Of course this is not the proper LGBTQ+ representation they have promised us.
But no one ever said it was. No one ever said “There you got your representation, please shut up now”. It’s not proper representation and no, we shoudn’t just take them and say “We’re happy now, the writers have done their job”, but no one ever asked us to. They aren’t meant to be the representation we have been waiting for.
This is not a complete meal that can leave us satisfied and sated, but it’s a nice little candy that says “Remnant is diverse” and “We know you are here”. Nothing to satisfy our need for real representation, but also not meant to do that.
It’s still nice to have this additionally to the real representation that is definitely coming, so let’s just please be happy about this and enjoy those wholesome Mistral boyfriends instead of being angrier than if they wouldn’t have done this because that just doesn’t make sense.
In Mistral two boyfriends can go to the market and buy a heart shaped plant for their home. Isn’t that absolutely wonderful?