FYI on the Yellow Ranger in the Power Rangers 2017 Movie
I just got back from watching it, and while surfing through the tags I’ve seen a lot of posts claiming that the movie was merely queer-baiting.
Spoilers below this point!!!!!!!
I did not see it that way AT ALL.
Trini did not verbally say, “I’m a lesbian,” but that does not take away at all from her coming out to the others.
She mentions that by going from school to school, her parents didn’t have to worry about her relationships and she also states that her family is normal, which means her parents didn’t have to worry about their daughter being with another girl and being “abnormal”.
In the scene where she shares her sexuality, not once does she say she’s a lesbian. HOWEVER, the truth is in her delivery. When asked about boyfriend problems, she scoffed and sarcastically said, “yeah, boyfriend problems”. That weird reaction made Zack rethink his question and then said, “Girlfriend problems?”
Trini didn’t confirm or deny that it was girlfriend problems, not verbally anyways.
In the scene she tears up, her body language closed off and vulnerable, and she’s only able to tell them about her family and how her parents want her to be a certain way. That right there is what tells you that she isn’t straight.
People are getting mad that she didn’t just outright say that she was lesbian, but honestly I’m glad they didn’t do it that way. Here’s why: COMING OUT TO PEOPLE IS HARD. I myself came out to my mother a little over a year ago (I’m aromantic and asexual!!!) and that was THE HARDEST THING I have ever done!!! I was so scared of telling the truth that I never once told her verbally that I was aro and ace, instead I came out to her in a text during school. Verbally confirming one’s sexuality to someone they fear will reject them is so incredibly hard. It was difficult for me and I’ve known my mother since she gave birth to me! I would never expect Trini, the new girl, to tell five kids she had just met her whole life story, especially not when it could end up with her being ridiculed and possibly hurt.
There was no queer-baiting. The story was written realistically and I appreciate the emotional acting that went along with it. Trust me that movie was COMPLETELY respectful and not baiting anyone.