In case you missed it, there’s a gay Power Ranger. Reactions have been mostly positive, SUPER positive in fact. There are, however, a few detractors who are criticising the way the movie has treated the subject, or more specifically, that they barely touched upon it at all.
In a nutshell, Zack asks Trini is she has been having boyfriend trouble during a ranger bonding session. Her response is loaded with sarcasm, which makes him ask if it’s actually girlfriend trouble… and Trini’s silence says everything we need to know.
This is the only time her sexuality comes up and a lot of people are calling the studio out on it. The most common feeling seems to be that the movie doesn’t deserve the praise it’s getting, and only added the lines to score cool points with the minorities crowd. Personally though, I think the way they handled it was spot on.
For one, Trini offers this information as her personal deep secret, which clearly indicates she’s not completely comfortable in her sexuality. For the other rangers this is absolutely NOT a big deal, and surely that’s what every LGBT is secretly hoping for when they come out to their friends.
For two, in the space of 24 hours these kids have gained super powers, discovered aliens and been told they have to save the entire planet. It’s a safe bet that they have more important things on their mind than Trini’s sexual preferences.
Lastly, this movie was made for people who wanted to see giant frikken’ robot dinosaurs! If the film had tried to be too smart then it wouldn’t be a Power Rangers movie. Instead we would likely have seen a similar backlash to the one Watchmen received, when audiences new to the material didn’t get the typical comic book movie the trailers had promised them.
I don’t think for one second that the LGBT is fairly represented in mainstream media. However, increased representation must NOT come at the expense of the movie itself. That would have the exact opposite effect that’s intended, with the message becoming dogmatic and just pissing people off. Ironically, this could then make the divide between communities bigger rather than smaller.
While I understand the longing for greater representation, it is so important to remember it has to be handled with care, done in the right way, and at the right time. With that said, I think Power Rangers got it spot on and deserves every bit of praise it is getting.
What do you think of an LGBT Power Ranger? Let Nerdbot know in the comments!