Gonna be honest,
Like how my good sis Latto says
“First to watch my story but don’t like me, bitches weird”
And to be honest, some of y’all are fucking weird.
Like forcing our poor stank, Kit Connor, to come out.
Since the release of Heartsoppers, Kit Connor, Joe Locke, and so many others working on the show have been meet with critical acclaim, especially for its fairly positive representations of queer social life.
Personally, just like a lot of other Gen-Z gays, I felt like the show ate down.
The camp aesthetic
The bombastic visuals
And the enduring power of queer spirit
What else is there not to love with a show like this? When I was coming of age in the 20teens, we had motherfuckers like this as the representation.
Case in point, we have definitely made some strives with representation. The concept itself isn’t a bad thing either. Many media scholars even agree that positive representation is an overall net benefit.
However, it seems like we have gone a little overboard with this issue of “queerbaiting.”
Stank, again read that closely.
Not individuals. This is why some of y’all sound like clowns talking about Kit Connor “queerbaiting.”
Queerbaiting is something that only makes sense in relation to thinking about how corporations–which are not people, despite what the U.S. legal system thinks– weaponizing queer aesthetics to grab the attention of its viewers. Money is power within the violence of late-stage capitalism.
I hate to inform y’all, but these corporations don’t give a fuck us about, including Netflix. They’ll do anything they can to stay in their bags.
Hold on to everything for this next part, because I know some of you well meaning liberals are gonna be mad about this.
Even if Kit wasn’t queer, it doesn’t matter because queerness is about a pecific orientation towards the world. The word itself literally evokes an affect of strangeness, an oddity.
She ate with this particular passage
“Put succinctly, opacity is structured through and brings all kinds of knowledge; it is a method and reading practice that enables lessons, clues, and prompts, about how we might collectively live through and resist white supremacy.”
Opacity is the capacity to move in and out of clarity.
The ability to be unknowable.
Unless you choose to make yourself knowable.
The ability to live as an enigma.
But coming into clarity for the capacity to be in communion with other queer folks.
This is the right to opacity.
Connor deserves the right to opacity.
Just like anyone of us.