a few notes on trini and the #discourse going around:
as much as i obviously would’ve loved for her to say the word gay or lesbian and as much as the lgbt community obviously deserves more and better representation than the crumbs we are given by hollywood, i saw trini’s storyline as being much more about being a questioning teen and offering representation to kids who are figuring themselves out, who don’t have a label, who are afraid to call themselves gay because they’re not sure what it all means, and honestly, i was nowhere near ready to call myself ANYTHING in high school, it took until college before i actively started using labels and i think questioning teens deserve representation too, especially since they have six movies planned and if all goes well they will explore trini and her sexuality much more in future films
also neither becky nor the director ever claimed it was anything more than trini trying to figure out her sexuality, so i don’t think they were trying to mislead anyone or make it seem bigger than it was, which was an honest and raw moment of reflection from a teenage girl struggling with her identity, and that, i thought, was very well done because i could see my sixteen year old self in trini. your mileage may vary of course, everyone has their own stories they want to see represented and that’s totally fair.
on another note: i understand the inclination but calling her trini kwan is lowkey ugly, given that (much as i love becky and her latina trini) this movie actively erased both major east asian female roles from the show (trini and rita), so to give her (a non-vietnamese actress) a vietnamese character’s name just further adds to that erasure. the production team was obviously avoiding giving her a last name and i bet it’s because they know there’s no way to give a latinx family the surname of “kwan” without it being weird and if they know that, there’s no reason for y'all to go around calling her a vietnamese character’s name when she’s obviously not. i love mexican trini and i love vietnamese trini and they each deserve their own names because people of color are not interchangeable.
on that note it would’ve been nice for them to give zack a new surname but i understand they obviously didn’t want to mess with the original #iconic names too much (which is likely why they haven’t offered up an alternate surname for trini either)
also her name is trini not trinity idk where y'all are getting trinity from, trini is a beautiful name on its own thanks for ur time goodbye