100just Became Bravest Show Tv With Its Badass Lgbt Kiss
Over the past year, one of the most daring, progressive, racially diverse, and consistently well-written dramas has been living right under our noses -- on The CW. And last night, ' The 100 ' took things one giant step forward by doing what many other shows of its ilk (and even on its very network) would almost surely balk at: it revealed that its female lead, who was until recently dating a man, is bisexual.
Now, before you jump in and note that this has been done before -- Marissa Cooper was bisexual on 'The OC,' after all, and Emily is gay on 'Pretty Little Liars' -- know that it's 'The 100''s excellent handling of Clarke ( Eliza Taylor ) and Lexa's (Alycia Debnam-Carey) 20-second-plus kiss that made it stand out from the crowd.
Because not only was their moment together well-earned and believable, but it was treated as no big deal . Both ladies carry the impossibly heavy burden of being the leaders of their respective tribes, and have always seemed to really, really like each other -- so, before the heat of battle, why wouldn't these two beautiful, kindred people give it a go? They live in a post-apocalyptic universe where humanity's hatred and intolerance has already quite literally destroyed planet Earth, so if Clarke and/or Alexa had spent any time at all fretting the implications of their LGBT status, it wouldn't have been believable.
'In #The100, they don’t label themselves,' producer Jason Rothenberg wrote on Twitter . 'If Clarke’s attracted to someone, gender isn’t a factor. Some things improve post-apocalypse. Clarke is a bisexual character. Remember that in this society, no one’s worried about it. They’re worried about spears to the chest.'
Pretty crazy when a society that includes acid fog, bone marrow theft, literal skull helmets, and 'floating' has a better grip on sexual politics than our own, right? But this freedom to paint a more complex universe less grounded in reality has always been a part of what makes sci-fi so fun, and 'The 100' is currently one of the best works of sci-fi in popular media.
So go ahead and lick your wounds, Bellarke fans -- and just be glad to be part of a television show that celebrates love, diversity, and sexuality without judgment. We need more like it.