....JMO, TWITTER, AND LGBT....
Last night I, a long with many other people, saw Jennifer Morrison retweeted an article about the LGBT episode on twitter. Then I read people’s reaction to her doing it, and they were, let’s say, not in Jennifer’s favor.
Now, I’m of the belief that Jennifer Morrison is a very smart person, she mostly chooses her words very carefully and if willing to analyze them, some very cool info come out of it.
So I read the article. And it is indeed interesting she chose this article to retweet when there have been many to choose from, including those media OUaT bosses usually favor.
So. I’ll look at it from a different angle than the one I saw assumed on twitter.
First lets take a look at the headline. That headline invites the reading that there will be more LGBT couples on the show. A headline without that invitation would have looked like this:
Once Upon A Time bosses on that LGBT reveal This one is still ambiguous but much less and doesn’t invite a read for more. To me, this headline can even be read negatively. This is the news outlet A & E use most frequently.
So Jennifer Morrison chose one of those that invites more.
She also chose one that doesn’t know anything about Once Upon A Time which is very clear in their first sentence. First. Sentence. OUaT is in it’s 5th season, not 6th.
So why choose on that knows little of Once Upon A Time, if not because of the content?
The article speaks very highly of it as a “very special episode” which would have been annoying if they hadn’t put in a “finally” and also for the rest of the article:
“We can’t wait to watch the excitement unfold between Ruby and Dorothy!” Jennifer Morrison chose an article that expects and assumes we get to see Ruby and Dorothy’s relationship develop. An article that positively assumes we get to see more. This article holds expectations for OUaT, expectations that won’t be met unless another storyline goes text.
Jennifer Morrison retweeted an article that said “finally” about LGBT inclusion and has expectations for more. Jennifer Morrison either knows there will be more or she knowingly put her bosses in an unfavorable light.
Lastly I want to express my opinion of her retweet, and I’m going to make assumptions about Jennifer Morrison that I have no basis for because I don’t know her. But this is what it looks like to me.
Who do you think are Jennifer Morrison’s primary followers on twitter? Jennifer Morrison is a very beautiful woman who plays a Disney princess. She has long blonde wavy hair, the character she plays has a boyfriend. Her character’s parents are Snow White and Prince Charming.
Her followers are the facebook homophobic parents. Her followers are the children of the facebook homophobic parents. Her followers are the wine moms, the church people, the teens, who have no opinion on this, and the homophobes. She has those followers for the character she plays, not for the person she is.Her followers are the ones that need to be told LGBT is okay. LGBT people don’t need to know that, we know we are okay.
By retweeting that article Jennifer Morrison took a stand and reached 718000 people, telling them she supports LGBT. That she thinks this was a “finally”. That she positively expects more.
Just like Red Kansas wasn’t for me, this tweet wasn’t either. Red Kansas and this tweet was for the young girls whose parents immediately shut of the tv, said gay is bad, and then went on to facebook to rant about the wrongness of LGBT.
Those girls knows their favorite actress supports them. Those girls know two girls can have beautiful true love just like Snow White and Prince Charming. Those girls know that the Disney princess on tv thinks they are okay even if their parents doesn’t.
This tweet was for the people who were indifferent but who look up to Jennifer Morrison and goes “hey if she thinks this is cool, then it probably is”. For the wine moms who meet to gossip, for the teens in the court yard, for the people who meet after church, and start talking about this as something to support and include instead of ignoring or being indifferent.
So contrary to the opinions I saw one twitter, I’d like to think Jennifer Morrison supports the beginning of LGBT inclusion on Once Upon A Time, not the end.