Although some cartoons are certainly becoming queerer, it's somewhat shocking to see how major studios are taking their time with introducing LGBT characters on the big screen. Now, a new debate around a small scene in the trailer of the upcoming Pixar movie Finding Dory has sparked a lively discussion about the politics of representation in media.
In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the trailer of the forthcoming animated feature film, two female humans can be seen talking to a sea-creature in a (their?) child's stroller. Generating excitement from LGBT people and disdain from religious fundamentalists and evangelicals who discussed boycotting the movie, the snippet created plenty of buzz rather quickly.
Cultural critics like Salon's Nico Lang seized on the moment to discuss the change in attitudes about gender and sexuality in film:
"If audiences are perhaps jumping the gun in anticipation of this possible milestone, it’s because queer people are desperate and hungry for more than we’ve been given in the past. [...] The potential case of Finding Dory, however, shows how easy it is for studios to aim higher than the bottom of the barrel. Like many of the characters included in the GLAAD report, it’s unlikely that the couple (if they are, in fact, lesbians) factor into the movie’s overall plot. They’re glorified extras. But if fans are excited about what’s — at best — a few moments of screen time, it’s because LGBT people rarely get to be in the picture at all—whether it’s as background actors, wacky sidekicks, inspiring mentors, or even the hero."
Pixar and Disney have not confirmed or denied the internet's suspicions about the couple's sexuality -- leading to considerable speculation from all corners of the World Wide Web.