Ever since the dawn of Television, everyone has wanted to be like James Dean, Doris Day, Angela Lansbury – any face on the screen can become an instant role model. Everyone has someone they want to be: for me, it’s got to be Channing Tatum – the money, the dancing, the bod. Yes please.
To quote the ever-loveable Bert from P.L Travers’ Mary Poppins: “Winds in the east, mist coming in, Like somethin’ is brewin’ and bout to begin.” Change is in the air…
Whilst role models give us something to strive for and aim to become, the media is still playing catch up to suit it’s demographic. Representation in the media is on the increase for all variances of identities, sexualities and race – but where do we stop?
One of most highly-anticipated movies of 2018 saw Ryan Reynolds in tight red leather slicing limbs from criminals and going up against the time-travelling Cable. Deadpool 2 is the action packed, indelicate feature film we were promised as a follow up to 2016’s Deadpool. I’ll also once again mention “Ryan Reynolds” and “Red Leather”…because I can.
The titular protagonist has become known widely as being pansexual – a massive acknowledgement from 20th Century Fox to the LGBT+ community! Yet, the film has faced backlash as it wasn’t visible enough. So I would like to question why visibility needs to be overt?
Visibility isn’t about explicitly showing your sexuality 24/7. My personal wardrobe doesn’t contain underwear, shirts or shoes with the rainbow flag on them. Yet, I’m as gay as the day is long.
Deadpool has a girlfriend. He’s also pan. There you go – all you need to represent a sexual preference in one movie. Don’t get me wrong, Ryan Reynolds locking lips with another male wouldn’t go amiss, but adultery isn’t something one promotes. Unless in an open relationship, being sexually involved with someone that isn’t your faithful partner is generally frowned upon. So wouldn’t that just be another issue for some individuals to pick up on? Being pansexual doesn’t mean you fancy everyone you walk past, or that you’re unfaithful. It simply means you’re not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.
So what does Wade Wilson need to do next to keep the audience happy? Slice and dice bad guys? Play tonsil tennis with Chris Pratt? Wave the pansexual flag? Any of the above is totally acceptable – but only time will tell.
So to conclude this article: Ryan Reynolds, red leather. Final thought: Omnomnomnomnom!