Korra and Asami only held hands because Nickelodeon wouldn’t let them do more. Nick infamously cancelled Korra and put out the rest of season 4 as a webseries only.
Marceline and Princess Bubblegum only kiss in the very final episode because Cartoon Network wouldn’t let them do more. There are a ton of interviews with Pendelton and with the voice actresses where they talk about the CN censorship.
Steven Universe got as far as it did because Rebecca Sugar fought tooth and nail, and risked the show getting cancelled (which it did in many countries, if not heavily censored), because Cartoon Network wouldn’t let her. Ruby was often dubbed over with a male voice, and Pearl/Rose interactions were completely cut.
She-Ra managed to do it largely because it was specifically on Netflix only, and even then, Noelle has said they had to build 4 seasons of storyline very subtly around it so they had enough ammo to convince the execs that Catradora was the only logical conclusion to this show they had already aired. She didn’t just go in on Day 1 and make it gay; she had to plan many years in advance for how to set up her argument. Her argument, y’all.
And now we have The Owl House. Which is an absolutely wonderful show. And it’s so amazing that we actually get to see queer characters get the kind of representation that so many straight characters get. And it’s amazing we get to see the romance build up, instead of just a quick peck in the series finale!
Let’s not forget that in the US, it was illegal for gay people to get married until 2015. Korra aired in 2012. In Texas, it was a punishable felony to even be gay until 2003. No, literally. Just being gay was an arrestable offense here in Texas until 2003. We have come a really long way in 20 years!
But don’t fucking dare disrespect any of these other shows by saying they didn’t try, or that their representation didn’t matter. The Owl House is standing on the shoulders of giants. Lumity is only where it is because Korrasami and Bubbline helped get them there.
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y’all ever just. think about how catra and adora spent three years. three years. apart from one another, on opposite sides of a war, telling themselves that they’ve moved on from their past friendship, and how the last time they saw one another catra was nearing her lowest point and adora wasn’t holding back as much as before because of the portal, and how the last time they heard from one another was catra telling adora through tears that she was sorry before the transmission was cut off and adora was left not knowing what just happened and confused because catra has been angry for three whole years and adora thought that she had lost her best friend for good until she saved glimmer and sacrificed herself and after they save catra the first thing adora does when catra regains consciousness is just. hug her tightly with tears in her eyes. and catra is just. floored because she never thought in a million years that she could ever receive a hug from her former best friend again, and she probably thought just how much she had missed adora, and because she was so overcome with shock and emotions, the only thing she could think of doing was to just hug adora back and bury herself tightly in her arms. and how they’re both home again because home was always one another and now they aren’t lost anymore. because i do. i do a lot.
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