Earlier this year, Disney made history by releasing Onward, a movie that featured the company's first openly LGBT animated character. A minor character. With less than five minutes of screen time. And whose queerness is communicated with a throwaway line. A line that could easily be censored in other countries. Countries that banned the film anyway. Woo-hoo! Gay rights!
I already wrote about the controversy surrounding Disney's "first" LGBT character, and how it's not enough for the company to do the bare minimum and expect brownie points for LGBT representation. If Disney wants to present itself as an ally, it needs to do better.
I still stand by what I wrote. My only regret is coming across as too negative. Even if Disney's attempt at representation is miniscule, even some representation is better than none. Still, poor representation isn't an excuse for lack of good representation.
As one of the biggest entertainment companies for families and children, Disney can do more that throw a gay character in the background and call it a ground-breaking milestone, even if that "milestone" makes bigots angry. If it wanted to, Disney could make a show or movie with a main LGBT character.
Speaking of which, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power wrapped up its fifth and final season on Netflix. The show not only went out with a bang with a killer series finale, but it also made bigger history than Disney by featuring the first on-screen kiss between two LGBT characters in a children's animated show.
Disney wants to make history? It wants to offer greater and better LGBT representation? Then the Mouse could certainly learn a lesson from a talking cat and her golden-haired girlfriend!