March 20, 2017
Instead of being a gook, the Yellow Ranger is now a wetback.
We’ve all been focusing on analism in the Beauty and the Beast remake, but homosexualism is being featured in another high-profile children’s film this year.
The character is “questioning a lot about who she is,” says director Dean Israelite.
Power Rangers is breaking down a barrier no superhero movie has before. The Lionsgate reboot of the ’90s children’s TV show is the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.
During Power Rangers’ second act, there’s a scene in which the titular heroes learn that the Yellow Ranger Trini (Becky G) is coming to terms with her sexual orientation, with one character assuming she’s having “boyfriend problems,” and soon realizing that perhaps she’s actually having “girlfriend problems.” It’s a small moment, but one director Dean Israelite calls “pivotal” for the entire film.
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She hasn’t fully figured it out yet. 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.”
Unless, of course, your name is “Israelite.”
Dean Israelite wants to teach your daughter to munch carpets like a champ.
Then you don’t need to find your tribe. Because you already have one.
If you’re not Jewish, however, you need to go find a tribe. And by that, we mean “become a homosexual.”