Are ‘gay mo­ments‘ in re­cent movies a sign of progress?

New Straits Times - - World -

A HUG. A wink. A dance. A nonan­swer. These are the so-called gay mo­ments in a hand­ful of re­cent high-pro­file stu­dio movies that have sparked both rap­tur­ous cel­e­bra­tion and star­tling back­lash.

From Sulu in to LeFou in

and now Trini in the lat­est Hol­ly­wood fas­ci­na­tion is the sub­tle nod that a once straight or un­de­fined char­ac­ter is now or has al­ways been gay.

But it’s of­ten so sub­tle that if it wasn’t first dis­cussed by film­mak­ers or ac­tors, it’s a won­der whether any­one would no­tice at all. Sulu can be seen hug­ging a man. LeFou winks at Gas­ton and later dances with a man. And Trini (Becky G) fails to an­swer a flirty ques­tion about whether she’s hav­ing “boyfriend prob­lems”... or “girl­friend prob­lems?”

What are we to make of these “blink and you’ll miss them” mo­ments in a year when Moon­light, with its ex­plicit ex­plo­ration of gay themes, can rise to be­come the best pic­ture win­ner at the Academy Awards? Is this progress? For some, it is. For oth­ers, it’s too much ac­claim for too lit­tle ac­tion.

Buz­zfeed film critic Ali­son Will­more wrote an ar­ti­cle on Wed­nes­day ex­plor­ing the “out­sized credit” that Hol­ly­wood was get­ting for the re­cent “se­ri­ously small mo­ments of LGBT in­clu­siv­ity”.

“While, to be sure, even in­cre­men­tal progress should be cel­e­brated — any for­ward move­ment is bet­ter than none — this is an in­cred­i­bly un­sat­is­fac­tory beat to go on to be widely dis­sem­i­nated as a break­through for in­clu­siv­ity,” Will­more wrote of the am­bigu­ous Power Rangers mo­ment.AP

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