Queerbaiting in tv and movies? Good, bad, ugly, or huh?!

Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2018 08:29 pm

Queerbaiting is the practice of hinting at, but then not actually depicting, a same-sex romantic relationship between characters in a work of fiction, mainly in film or television. The potential romance may be ignored, explicitly rejected or made fun of.

The derogatory term "queerbaiting" is meant to imply that this is done for the purpose of attracting ("baiting") a queer audience with the ultimately unrealized suggestion of relationships that appeal to them.[1] The concept arose in and has been popularized through Internet discussions among the fandom of popular films and television series.

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Reply Fri 28 Dec, 2018 05:51 am
I think it's an attempt to appeal to both LGBT friendly groups and homophobic bigots. It's wrong, either a character has gay relationships or they don't, and if a writer/film company isn't brave enough to actually depict homosexuality they're just pandering to bigots and this half hearted attempt to suggest inclusivity just puts people's backs up.
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