Russell T Davies blasts Disney+ for ignoring sexual minority groups
Doctor Who and It’s A Sin writer Russell T Davies accuses Disney+ and Netflix of ignoring LGBTQ+ community as he slams Tom Hiddleston’s Loki coming out as bisexual as ‘pathetic’ and ‘a feeble gesture’
- Russell T Davies, from Swansea, blasted brands for ignoring LGBTQ+ community
- Slammed Disney and Netflix for failing to move with the times like others
- The Doctor Who writer accused Disney+ of making ‘one feeble gesture’ in Loki
- In June, Loki became the first bisexual character in Marvel Cinematic Universe
Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies has blasted Netflix and Disney+ and accused the streaming services of ignoring LGBTQ+ groups.
The writer behind hits such as Queer As Folk and It’s A Sin, 58, from Swansea, said the Disney streaming service had made just one ‘feeble gesture’ towards recognising gender and sexuality minority groups in its show Loki – and insisted the American streaming giant then expected praise for their token effort.
Earlier this summer, Loki became the first openly bisexual character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Tom Hiddleston revealing the Asgardian troublemaker likes ‘a bit of both.’
However taking part in an online webinar Q&A, Davies slammed the scene, saying: ‘Pathetic, it’s a ridiculous feeble gesture towards the vital politics of the stories that should be told.’
Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies has blasted Netflix and Disney+ and accused the streaming services of ignoring LGBTQ+ groups
During the discussion, Davies said Disney+ and Netflix had failed to move with the times like other TV broadcasters.
He said: ‘There’s a lot of stuff out there. Nonetheless I think huge clanging warning bells are ringing as the giants rise up, with Netflix and Disney+ especially.’
He said Disney+ had not done enough just by showing Loki, the first major bisexual character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the God of Mischief and the Prince of Asgard Loki discusses whether there could be a princess or a prince waiting for him.
Welsh Davies told an online webinar Q&A: ‘I think that’s a very great worry.
Earlier this summer, Loki became the first openly bisexual character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Tom Hiddleston revealing the Asgardian troublemaker likes ‘a bit of both’
‘Loki made one reference to being bisexual once, and everyone’s “ooh my god, it’s like a pansexual show”.
‘It’s like one word! He said the word prince. And we’re meant to go “thank you Disney, aren’t you marvellous”.
He added: ‘So they will damn us with their condescension in the end. So that’s my worry now.’
In contrast, Davies praised British soaps and TV drama bosses for being willing to cover all communities.
Gay Davies has appealed to new audiences after producing It’s A Sin, a powerful look at the AIDS crisis that swept London in the 1980s
Gay Davies, 58, has appealed to new audiences after producing It’s A Sin, a powerful look at the AIDS crisis that swept London in the 1980s.
It shows a group of friends be picked off one by one by the new virus.
His other works include Queer As Folk, Doctor Who, The Second Coming and Casanova.
Earlier this summer, during the third episode of the Disney series Loki, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) asked him if he has ever been with ‘would-be princesses, or perhaps another prince?’ to which he replied, ‘A bit of both. I suspect, the same as you. But nothing ever…’ with Sylvie responding, ‘Real.’
Marvel writer Kate Herron then confirmed Loki’s sexuality in a tweet, saying: From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual.’
Confirmation: Marvel writer Kate Herron then confirmed Loki’s sexuality in a tweet (above)
She added: ‘It is a part of who he is and who I am too. I know this is a small step but I’m happy, and heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon in #mcu #Loki’
It comes after Marvel had previously confirmed that the character is gender-fluid, just like in the comics.
Earlier this summer, a preview trailer showed a file documenting Loki Laufeyson’s Time Variance Authority has ‘FLUID’ listed under the gender.
Hiddleston was first seen as the character in Thor in 2011, and has gone on to appear in the role in 2012’s The Avengers, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.
Loki’s gender has been speculated upon in the wake of a comic book in which Odin called Loki, ‘my son, and my daughter, and my child who is both.’
Intrigue: Loki’s gender has been speculated upon in the wake of a comic book in which Odin called Loki, ‘my son, and my daughter, and my child who is both’
The character’s gender fluidity was also topical in the 2019 book Loki: Where Mischief Lies from writer Mackenzi Lee.
‘I think queer undertones are intrinsic to Loki and his magic,’ Lee told Comics Beat in 2019.
‘Being a shapeshifter already makes him fluid, and as far back as versions of him in the Norse myths, we see Loki manipulating his gender and taking a variety of partners.
‘It would have felt disingenuous to portray him as anything else. And, while we’ve come a long way with representation in comics, we still have a long way to go. As for direct references on the page – like many people, I’m tired of queer rep being only subtext in media. We need to bring identity onto the page.
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