Some Twitter users claim turn redMei and Miriam are a couple, despite the plot of Pixar’s latest animated film which revolves around the craziness of these young teenagers.
Because of Classes they are. It’s Twitter. And the new animation is catnip for “shippers” who frequent the social media site.
“Pixar Was Too Bad To Make Girlfriends Of Them,” Says User @mikangelical.
Whether or not the original poster was serious about the two young teenagers’ expedition or not, the original tweet got a lot of attention. Currently, it sits at around 93,000 likes and climbing.
While Pixar employees have lambasted Disney’s support of sponsors of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and claimed that the studio has censored LGBTQ themes in films, it’s highly unlikely that this particular couple did. never meant to be more than friends.
The plot of turn red concentrates strongly about Mei and her circle of friends adoring pretty boys in boy band 4*Town, and Mei has a sticky situation early in the film when her mother catches her scribbling on handsome convenience store clerk Devon. Again, all four girls also have a crush on this boy, so a romance between Mei and Miriam is probably not going to happen.
Why should every relationship be romantic? What happened to just being friends?
— Big Cat (@xBigCatx) March 12, 2022
That’s not to say there was no LGBTQ representation in Turning Red. This could deduce that the girls’ rival, Tyler, likes the boys in the group as much as the girls.
Every Cartoon Character Ships… Eventually.
Shipping cartoon characters is nothing new. In fact, just about every cartoon character in any recent animated series or movie tends to create a shipper following at some point. Some newer series like Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe and Netflix’s She-Ra and the princesses of power seem to lean towards maritime culture. Even Disney’s own series The owl house has cultivated a large audience of senders.
Last year there were calls for Pixar leads Lucas to be canonically gay. However, the film’s director, Enrico Casarosa, addressed the situation and said that no, they were not in a relationship.
Shipping is harmless if done in a fun way. However, some senders go overboard and actually threaten to physically harm perceived rivals, dissidents, and even people who work on the productions.
And just because a ship is popular with a fandom doesn’t mean the studio will agree…for a variety of reasons. Frozen fans are still waiting for Elsa to get a girlfriend, and others are hoping she will end up with Spider-Man.
turn red now playing on Disney+. You can read Mike Phalin’s review here.
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