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The Legend of Korra: Animation (finally) imitating life

Attention all TV geeks, Elise Bottle has an emergency announcement…popular animation The Legend of Korra just aired its series finale, with the last scene centering on a same-sex relationship. #itsabouttime.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, do not adjust your monitor – this is an emergency announcement.

The geek side of the internet has gone completely bananas, I repeat, the geeks have gone bananas. Well, let’s face it, they were always bananas, but recent events in the world of children’s television has set them off like the Italians winning the World Cup.

I’m talking about the series finale of The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, the follow-up to the much lauded Avatar: the Last Airbender. The final few minutes of the series showed the series’ titular protagonist, Korra, hooking up with her love interest. The thing is, this particular love interest, Asami, is also a girl. On screen all they did was exchange a few words and hold hands, but it was pretty obvious to fans what was really going on.

Yup, you heard right – a main character in a children’s animated show, The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, in a same sex-relationship.

About bloody time, too.

You may remember my previous article about shipping, but what I may have neglected to mention is that some of the most popular pairings, canon or non-canon, are those of same-sex relationships. From Spock and Kirk to Sherlock and John, the gay community is desperate to see representations of their romantic orientation on-screen in ways that aren’t gag-laden stereotypes, grossly fetishised or sickeningly “inspirational”. Of course, Hollywood is too timid to try anything lest the moral guardians start throwing a tantrum, leaving whole swathes of people feeling abnormal because they never see themselves on the telly.

The Legend of Korra is only a small step, but it’s the first. Here’s hoping there’s more to come.

Elise Bottle

Elise Bottle is a 26-year-old kidult who dreams of working in children’s television. She has a keen interest in cartoons, games and other pop-culture mainstays, and due to an excess of free time, is gifted at over-analysing.

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