THE first prominent LGBT big-screen superhero is set to feature in the upcoming Power Rangers movie.
The Lionsgate reboot of the 90s children’s show is set to be released this Friday.
The film shows the Yellow Ranger Trini, which is played by Becky G, coming to terms with her sexual orientation.
One director for the film, Dean Israelite told the Hollywood Reporter that the scene is a “pivotal” moment in the film. He went on to say: “The movie is saying, ‘That’s OK’ and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.”
Shan O h’Annagàin, member of the LGBT Society at Southampton Solent University told Solent Journalism her opinion on the inclusion of gay characters in the new film.
“I’m in two minds about it. I know there have been complaints…from LGBT people themselves who feel that including a lesbian character in this movie is simply media play and a marketing ploy to drum up attention for the release.
“So many times I have been let down by gross interpretations that border on stereotypical or downright offensive, so while I am always hopeful that the LGBT community will have a character that represents them, I can’t help but be a little wary.
“Kids need to know that it’s okay to be a little bit different from the majority and that it’s okay to be themselves. Although I am wary, that doesn’t override the importance of young gay girls being able to have a main character they can look up to and can see a part of themselves in.”
There is also a question of whether the media’s extensive coverage of LGBT characters helps combat prejudice, or whether it instead causes unnecessary controversy surrounding the topic.
The Disney film Beauty and the Beast has been banned in an Alabama drive-in due to the Gaston’s side-kick LeFou being a gay character.
Russia have rated the film a 16+ due to “gay propaganda”, and Malaysia were considering cutting the three second scene.
Disney Enthusiast, Samantha King said: “I don’t think it’s right that it should be banned because everyone has a right to their own opinion on sexuality. I do think it’s better to change the rating rather than ban it all together.
“It’s the 21st century and it’s the norm now, people are more open and honest with their sexuality and people deserve the right to see the film for themselves and decide whether they like the addition to the film. Not by any government who have deemed it as wrong or bad therefore banning it.”
In the past few days YouTube has also been criticised for the new restrictions that make LGBT videos invisible. YouTubers wonder why LGBT content has been ‘deemed inappropriate’, or only suitable for mature audiences.
by Ellie Saunders (@elliesaundersmj), Kathryn Waller (@kathrynwallerx), and Seraphina Green (@seraphinagreen)