On LGBTQ Holiday Movies

Serendipity and a friend’s recommendation lands my words in the news again! I am happy to be quoted in a Washington Post article on LGBTQ+ representation in the holiday movie genre, “New LGBTQ Holiday Movies Bring Joy — and ‘Disingenuous’ Stereotypes”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/12/04/lgbtq-holiday-movies-2022/. Thanks to Samantha Chery for talking with me. Here’s a tidbit:

On one hand, it’s refreshing to be reflected in media and the silly, campy plotlines that make up holiday rom-coms, said Edmond Chang, an assistant professor, and a women’s, gender and sexuality studies scholar at Ohio University.

But Chang also worries that the trend is just a business tactic, especially as it becomes profitable to tap into new audiences in the relatively low-cost holiday genre.

“The downside of representation is sometimes it’s flat, it’s stereotypical, it’s not very nuanced,” they said.

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