Here she comes to save the day! Brie Larson, best known for being named after a soft cheese, is back in the news, saying we (film studios?) need to hit the accelerator button on DIVERSITY ALL THE THINGS. She was on Variety’s Big Ticket podcast, following Scarlett Johansson, and was asked about Captain Marvel, Avengers Endgame, and her role as a Girl Power superhero in those movies. Which segued into LGBTQ being next in the superhero lineup.
The gay superhero comment begins at the five minute mark. Normally I’d timestamp it for you, but heck. You’ll “enjoy” this full thing.
I’m going to be honest: not everything Brie said is wrong. Especially the part where she’s asked about a love interest in Captain Marvel, or the lack thereof. Larson isn’t saying it’s wrong to have a love interest, only that love interests are part of the formula. And it’s nice to break out of the formula a bit. I agree. That goes for female and male leads, superhero or otherwise. Not every story needs a kissy kissy snuggle fest to make it good. In fact, since love interests are so formulaic and expected, removing that factor might force films to be more creative. Related: Dear Hollywood: Enough with the Gratuitous Sex Scenes.
Anyway, female girlness in movies led to the larger discussion of gaying all the things. I’m summarizing, but Malkin (interviewer) says: Let’s talk about LGBTQ representation in the Marvel world. I’d never thought I’d see a gay Marvel superhero. To which Larson replies:
That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason. I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero. So to me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.
I’ll tell you what the reason is. The reason is the same reason why Larson and plenty of others want more WOMYNZ in all areas of film: accurate representation. There’s at least a case to be made, population numbers-wise, to have more female characters in films as women make up 51% of the population. Now as far as what films people (men and women alike) want to see, that’s a different conversation for another time. Okay? Okay. But leftists like Brie Larson want “MOAR REPRESENTATION” of their pet groups, regardless of what the audience may want to see. Except maybe their pet groups have been under represented in film because they’re tiny in real life.
Also, LGBTQ people are not under represented in at least television. In TV they’re over-represented by a giant bin of dildos ton. Read Dear Hollywood: Stop Gaying All the Things, Especially Straight Characters.
LGBTQ people, in total, gay, lesbian, transgender, questioning, pansexual, whatever, make up at most 4% of the population. I’m feeling generous, so let’s round out to a top five for those drifters who see a hot person of the same sex and are maybe curious. That means 95% of the population isn’t LGBTQ. That means if Brie Larson wants representation, if she thinks that’s what really matters in film, maybe the reason we haven’t had Captain Penis von ButtThrust is because most people are straight. By huge numbers. Perhaps the comic movie and book companies aren’t playing the Social Justice Game, but the capitalist game.
Second thing, no one is saying LGBTQ peoples can’t be superheroes. At least no one I know. What we are saying is don’t appropriate a straight character and turn him or her gay. There was talk for a while about gaying up Captain America, despite Captain America being straight. Don’t do that. Just don’t. Men can be friends with each other without wanting to stick their mushroom-capped giggle stick into another man’s back hole.
If Marvel, DC or whatever studio wants a gay superhero character, go for it. Just make him or her original, and let the chips fall in the dildo chest and KY jelly jar.
I think what most of America actually cares about is a good character in a good movie, not the sexuality of said character. Tweet me if you think I’m all wrong about that.
For the most part, those people who want to see LGBTQ heroes grinding and scissoring are just LGBTQ people. See point above about numbers. Most of the time with superhero stories, a hero’s sexuality isn’t really a main thrust (ahem) of the plot. But it seems like so much of LGBTQ content is focused on the sex parts of the LGBTQ. I’m not sure that’s what America wants to see, and if I had to guess, I’d say that’s why studios have hit pause on leading GAY characters for big tent movies like superhero films.