I feel a little odd posting this here because I haven’t even seen enough of Once Upon a Time to follow all the excellent meta that’s been posted here already; I’ve only seen a handful of episodes. But I thought it was worth sharing:
“They’re Not Going to Kiss. It’s a Family Show.” (link to my blog)
But seriously, we live in a world in which we can have a show that vomits romance and True Love and Kissing Solves Everything Even Dark Magic(tm) all over the screen and when I say I want a certain romance to happen on that show, when I say, “Man I want those two characters to kiss already!”, the response can be . . . “Nope, sorry, it’s a family show“????
The rant is more about society than it is about the show itself: the way OUAT has set itself up with the “family show” label, and the double-standard that means they can show gobs and gobs of opposite-sex kissing but the chance of a same-sex relationship is slim to none.
Which, what? Why does a show have to be “edgy” for even a sweet, non-explicit same-sex romance to be likely? Why can’t we apply the same standard to same-sex kisses that we do to opposite-sex ones? Why, when I watch a show overflowing with couples, is the one romantic pairing I like dead before it started, just because it happens to be two women? What the fuck is that?
I don’t mind that OUAT wants to give itself a “family” label. But I feel infuriated that “family” somehow means, “keep the queer out COOTIES!!” It’s homophobic and shitty and really just stupid.
(Note: I’m not privy to OUAT’s marketing strategies, so maybe I’m totally off base and idiotically assuming and they don’t consider same-sex couples to be taboo at all. Maybe they’ve been building up the couple I like from the beginning. It’s possible. I will gladly, GLADLY proclaim I am wrong on this one if that happens.)