Anytime I see those “God that rep from two years ago was so bad” posts, I think about Gravity Falls.
I think about the fact that Alex Hirsch wanted the cupid character (who appeared in ONE episode) to have the MLM/WLW symbols on his necklace, but Disney shot it down because it was seen as inappropriate for a kid’s show.
I think about the sheriff characters, who’s “relationship” was used as a running gag to laugh at. Who’s kiss in the last scene at the end of the series damn near made people go INSANE. These were two characters who were no one’s favorites and who served as comedy relief, but it was still seen as a huge win for rep because it happened at all.
I think about the fact that Gravity Falls, a show where dead animals speak in tongues as blood drips from their eyes, couldn’t have anywhere near the amount of rep that the creators wanted to add because it “wasn’t for kids”
And now we have men getting married to their husbands and women getting married to their wives on screen. We have boys with boyfriends and girls with girlfriends and characters that are purposely gnc or androgynous. We have characters with pride pins or flags in their rooms. We have cartoons like Blues Clues that have been around for AGES making entire videos dedicated to pride for kids.
Just... things get better. Representation gets better because people fight to make it happen. We can’t act like they were “basically nothing” because without them we would HAVE nothing.
Edit: the Cupid necklace was likely the trans symbol and the cops didn’t kiss. They just said they’re in love. The Cupid was also supposed to make two old women fall in love
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Hey, it probably wasn't intentional but The Mitchells vs the Machines seriously feels like a great example of how neurodiversity runs in families and how it can look different even within the same family and lead to both understanding and frustrations
Like, I watched this and saw a low income family full of undiagnosed autism just trying to understand each other
And I took that personally (and maybe cried about it on and off through the whole movie)
Anyway, can't believe the Mitchells saved the world through the power of This Entire Family Is On The Autism Spectrum
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