LOKI: Former DOCTOR WHO Showrunner Russell T. Davies Slams Loki Bisexual Reveal As "Ridiculous" And "Pathetic"
Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies has taken aim at Loki's big reveal about Tom Hiddleston's God of Mischief being bisexual, describing the scene as a "ridiculous, craven, feeble gesture."
In Loki's third episode, titled "Lamentis," the titular God of Mischief revealed that he's been romantically involved with both princes and princesses. With that, it was confirmed that the Asgardian is bisexual, and while it was a subtle moment, it's still one that meant a lot to many fans.
Some were understandably critical, arguing that it didn't mean a lot for representation in the MCU, especially as Loki almost immediately then started developing romantic feelings for a woman. Equally as unimpressed was former Doctor Who showrunner and Queer as Folk and It's a Sin creator Russell T. Davies.
Talking about the place queer and LGBTQ+ stories have in the streaming world, Davies quickly took aim at Loki. "I think huge, cleaning warning bells are ringing as the giants rise up with Netflix and Disney Plus especially. 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 marvellous?’" David continued. "It’s a ridiculous, craven, feeble gesture towards the vital politics and the stories that should be told." He'd later add that the moment was a "pathetic" attempt at queer representation, so this clearly wasn't a scene that struck a chord with him.
Disney is taking baby steps when it comes to an increased presence of LGBTQ+ characters and stories; in the MCU, Eternals is expected to feature a gay couple, while Thor: Love and Thunder promises to explore Valkyrie's quest to find a Queen. Whether that's enough is up for debate.
Loki's bisexuality means a lot to a large number of MCU fans, though, so to dismiss it as quickly as this...well, we're not sure Davies is entirely justified in that respect.
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