I saw a play with Daniel Radcliffe, and his character is canonically bisexual, unequivocally. no experiments, no drunken mistakes. just bi. and afterwards, he was so kind to the audience. he took his time signing autographs, taking photos, and offering to take selfies. when I finally got to the front of the line, I said to him that it was a huge deal to me to see a character who was openly bisexual, and he said something to the effect of, “I imagine it would be a big deal to see it where it’s not a big fucking deal”, and he promised to pass it on to the writer of the play. but it meant so much, that there was a bisexual character who wasn’t ashamed. didn’t try to hide their sexuality. who wasn’t confused. and I just broke down for a second and started crying. I think he was a little taken aback, but he hugged me, and let me cry into his shoulder. and it just meant. so. fucking. much. thank you Daniel. thank you, from a bisexual woman.
The Merry Widow, the English translation of the operetta Die Lustige Witwe, was staged in London and on Broadway in 1907 and was an immediate success. One of the most noticeable features of the costumes, designed by Lucille (Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, who would survive the sinking of the Titanic roughly 5 years later), were the over sized plumed hats, which came to be known as Merry Widow Hats. They were extremely popular but also seen as a bit of a public nuisance - they could reach widths as large as 18 inches and were hard to see around in public places like the theater or church and even had a habit of hitting bystanders on the street. While brim sizes fluctuated, large hats of the Merry Widow style stayed in vogue in some shape and form until the beginning of the great war.