Before all those conservative groups have even had a chance to get over the "exclusively gay moment" in Beauty and the Beast (*rolls eyes*), another gay character in a rebooted childhood favourite has been announced.
Breaking down even more barriers, apparently the new Power Rangers movie will feature Hollywood's first ever gay superhero!!! Yup, according to The Hollywood Reporter, one of the Rangers is a lesbian... or at the very least, questioning her sexuality.
So who's this groundbreaking character then? It's Trini/Yellow Ranger, brought to life by super talented singer and actress Becky G in her biggest role yet.
Just like with LeFou in Beauty and the Beast, the movie acknowledges her sexuality in a very subtle way. In one scene, another character assumes Trini is having "boyfriend problems," but then realises the teenager might actually be having "girlfriend problems." This makes Trini the first gay superhero ever depicted on the big screen!
Director Dean Israelite told THR that Trini is "questioning a lot about who she is."
"She hasn't fully figured it out yet," he said. "I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That's OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe."
David Yost, the gay actor who played the original Blue Ranger in the '90s TV series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, is totally onboard with the new Trini.
"They really stepped up to the plate," he told THR. "I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation."
Power Rangers hits Aussie cinemas this Thursday, March 23.
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