So, after last night’s bombshell on Once Upon a Time, that Mulan had feelings for Aurora, I’ve seen a disturbing trend in the comments about the show:
"Why does Mulan have to be gay?"
"OUAT is ruining my favorite character by making her gaaaaay!"
and, my personal favorite:
"Why does EVERY SINGLE SHOW have to have gay characters in it?”
The first two questions are clearly people’s personal opinons, and they are allowed to have them. Of course, Mulan has not said how she identifies, and she could very well be bisexual, but no one seems to be able to grasp that concept. But really, it’s the last one that really annoys the hell out of me.
Because let’s be real- queer characters are NOT on every single show. Not by a long shot. In fact, GLAAD just released the numbers.
On scripted shows, only 3.3 percent of the regular characters are LGBT.
Let that sink in.
For every 100 characters, only 3 are LGBT.
Now tell me how every single show has a gay character on it.
Because all it does it make you sound like a bigot. Because the bigger question is- WHY does it matter if every show has a gay character in it? Who cares? Diversity on television shows let kids and teens all over the country realize that Yes, someone is like THEM. Last time I checked, the United States was not made up 100% of white, straight men.
So check your damn privilege.
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