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It's A Sin creator and former Doctor Who showrunner Russel T. Davies has slammed Disney Plus' Loki for its "pathetic" bisexual reveal.
During episode three of recent Marvel series, Loki has a brief heart-to-heart with his female variant Sylvie on the subject of past lovers in which he admits that he's enjoyed the company of both "princesses" and "princes" in his time.
"How about you?" Sylvie asks Loki. "You're a prince. Must have been would-be-princesses. Or perhaps another prince."
"A bit of both," he responds with a smile. "I suspect the same as you."
This admittedly small moment won a lot of praise and adoration from Marvel fans who were pleased to see the confirmed inclusion of an LGBTQ character in the MCU.
"From the moment I joined [Loki] it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual," the show's director Kate Herron wrote. "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 the MCU."
Davies evidently doesn't share the same opinion of the scene. During a recent panel on queer representation in TV (thanks, IndieWire), the writer made it clear he believes Marvel and Disney could - and should - be doing more.
"I think huge, clanging warning bells are ringing as the giants rise up with Netflix and Disney Plus especially," he said. "I think that's a very great worry. Loki makes one reference to being bisexual once, and everyone's like, 'Oh 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 marvelous?'
"It's pathetic. It's a ridiculous, craven, feeble gesture towards the vital politics and the stories that should be told."
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