watch adventure time

concept: series ends with wedding. after kiss some b-rated disney villain wreaks havoc upon the town. MAJOR eyerolls n shrugs from everyone then emma pulls a sword out from under her dress (magic?) and charges into battle. tired pirate boy just wants to enjoy some cake. camera pans overhead out to the entire group of friends and family watching/cheering/screaming as emma is still charging forward. cut to black. end.

anonymous asked:

unless it states shes gay in canon on screen yes it is queerbaiting. we already have plenty of fucking subtext. i'll go watch adventure time or basically any show if i want "oh but the creators promise they're gay!"

I wrote a lot more here than I expected so I’ll break it down into a list of paragraphs. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, the bold parts are the most important parts.

1) Firstly, a character doesn’t need to explicitly say they’re gay or bi on screen for them to be gay or bi. There’s something called “show don’t tell” which movies do a lot and it seems to be the case here. This was the first film in this franchise, so think of it as a pilot episode for a tv show, where most of these character traits for all of the Rangers are planted seeds, with the intention of being developed on more in the future. 

2) None of the characters had any real romance stuff in this movie because the focus is on how they need to learn to come together despite their differences with the addition of their own personal issues, and Trini’s is questioning her sexuality. Trini’s journey in this movie, was her starting to come to terms with who she is. All of these characters had their own journeys in the film, but not all of their development was shown in this origin story because they’re planning on developing them more in the sequels.

3) It was heavily implied that Trini isn’t straight, on screen (enough for Russia to give the film a mature rating) and when reporters who saw the film asked the director and the cast about it, they confirmed it. Queer baiting is when writers or creators of a tv show or movie, have either: a) two same-sex characters that have some seemingly erotic tension as if they’re trying to make it seem like they’ll get together when they actually don’t intend to do that (Supernatural or Once Upon a Time, for example) and b) when a character is hinted at being gay or bi, while the writers of creators deny it or play it off as a joke. 

4) Trini’s sexuality wasn’t teased by her seemingly flirting with another girl, while the people behind the film deny her being an LGBT character. Trini had a moment in the film where we see that she’s unsure of her sexuality and the director merely confirmed that what we were seeing is true.

5) I’ve watched Trini’s campfire scene multiple times now, and as someone who has taken a lot of film studies classes, I notice how each shot plays out in a scene. The way the scene plays out after Zack asks the “girlfriend troubles” question, the camera cuts to Billy looking curious and surprised by this revelation before it cuts to Trini who seems hesitant and unsure of saying it out loud. She stays quiet for a few seconds and then when she changes the subject, she doesn’t change it to something irrelevant to this, she continues that subject with how her parents want to label her and how they don’t approve of the way she dresses or the people she hangs out with. The scene seems small when you watch it the first time, but trust me, the more you watch the scene, the more clear it seems. It’s not subtext.

6) People who saw advanced screenings of the film are the ones who came out and talked about Trini’s sexual ambiguity before the director or cast ever said anything about it. Then when the review embargo was lifted a few days before the film’s release, a lot of reviews mentioned Trini’s sexual ambiguity, and the next day, The Hollywood Reporter (after one of their reviewers had already seen the film), asked the director about it and he confirmed it and they also revealed how the scene would play out.

7) No one behind this movie ever overhyped the scene and none of them said that Trini’s sexuality was a huge part of the film. The director even said it was a small but pivotal moment that was an important part of her character, who is having identity issues and feels like she can’t fit in because of that. The director and producers of this film didn’t purposefully go out and talk about Trini’s sexuality in this movie like it was such a big deal to queer-bait us. The director was asked about Trini’s sexuality by people who had seen the film and he confirmed that Trini is coming to terms with her sexuality. He’s not the one who brought it up first to start the discussion.

8) A counter example to this would be how LeFou was revealed to be a gay character in the new Beauty and the Beast movie. The director for that film brought it up before anyone had seen the film and he revealed that the film had an “exclusively gay moment” that he didn’t want to give away before the film came out. The Power Rangers director didn’t reveal Trini’s sexual ambiguity before the film’s release, he was asked about it by people who had seen the film and he just confirmed it.

9) If there’s anyone to blame for how overhyped the scene was, it’s the media. Trini is the first LGBT superhero in a movie who we see is unsure of her sexuality on screen but the scene just isn’t big enough for some people. She’s an LGBT character whose sexuality wasn’t made a huge deal in (again) the first movie of a possible franchise, but that doesn’t mean she’s not gay/bi/pan, it just means we’ll get to know more about her in possible sequels.

10) As someone who isn’t straight, I never felt comfortable with saying it out loud when I was younger, so I found it relatable that Trini is so unsure of herself and that she doesn’t feel ready to say it out loud, most likely because of how she’s unsure of herself and maybe because of how her parents want to label her or how they seem to disapprove. For me personally, I didn’t need her to say it out loud because they show us that she’s unsure. But that’s not the case for everyone and that’s fine. What really matters, is whether they’ll be more explicit about it in possible sequels because now that they’ve planted the seed, all they need to do is develop it as they develop Trini’s character instead of going back on it.

Bonus: You can say Power Rangers didn’t have the best LGBT representation because a lot of people didn’t get the hint about Trini’s sexuality and you can say the rep was too small for you personally, but it’s not queer-baiting

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.