Why I’m Done Being Queerbait in Disney’s Mouse Trap

One of these characters is gay. The rest are leading us on. Studios are playing games with LGBTQ representation, while queer acceptance has dropped 18% among Millennials.

One of these characters is gay. The rest are leading us on.
Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina tease their Birds of Prey characters are “probably” gay
Supernatural reminding the audience what they’re seeing is a joke.
Ackles banned fans from asking questions about his character’s sexuality at conventions after this because they made him “uncomfortable.”
Homophobic landlords, am I right? Thanks for that, “Three’s Company.”

Fear and Self-Loathing in the ’80s

60 Second Montage of Homophobia in Movies 80s-90s

Star Wars: A False Hope

GIF image from Star Wars The Force Awakens of Oscar Isaac biting his lower lip.
GIF image from Star Wars The Force Awakens of Oscar Isaac biting his lower lip.
Oscar Isaac “playing romance” as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

“There was romance — at least I was playing romance. In the cockpit, there was a very deep romance happening.”— Oscar Isaac in 2015

Star Wars Stormpilot fan art
Star Wars Stormpilot fan art
Finn-Poe fan art retweeted by “The Last Jedi” director, Rian Johnson
Isaac teased that “Poe takes his relationship with Finn very seriously,” locking eyes with Boyega on stage as the crowd went wild.

“That relationship to me is a far deeper one than a romantic one. It is a deep bond that these two [men] have, because of their willingness to be as intimate as they are, as afraid and unsure as they are, and still be bold, and still be daring and brave.” — J.J. Abrams

We know, Oscar.

“In the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they’re being represented in the film. I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie, but I did just say what I just said.” — J.J. Abrams

Two lesbians kiss in a cheering crowd in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Two lesbians kiss in a cheering crowd in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Rise of Skywalker’s 2-second same-sex kiss.

Disney’s Queerbait Mouse Trap

“Although Glover’s co-stars Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich and Paul Bettany seemed surprised when Entertainment Weekly confronted them with Lando’s pansexuality in a recently taped interview, the Lando actor was all for it.”
Beauty & the Beast’s “exclusive gay moment” fits entirely in this GIF

Please, Stop Queerbaiting

Digital Media Executive. Content Strategist and Producer. Creative Consultant. Founder of Unboxd Media. linkedin.com/in/wilsoncleveland

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