A new trailer about the upcoming animated flick, Finding Dory, has caused some interesting speculation. The sequel to Finding Nemo brings back fan favourite Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, as the lovable and forgetful friend to Nemo and his father.
In the trailer, the story follows Dory and her struggles with short term memory loss. On a constant journey to find her family, there are many different characters that we see in the upcoming film. Among these interesting characters, one pair stood out in particular.
In the scene on land, there is a brief moment that shows two women and a young girl going to aid what they think is another human baby. A hilarious scene if you watch the video above but it does provide some interesting insinuations. Some may consider this a stretch but this could potentially be a massive step towards movies and TV being more inclusive about all types of families in a non-sexualised manner.
— grace (@ItsGraceBoylan) May 24, 2016
— Matthew Gottula (@DLthings) May 24, 2016
People complaining about the lesbians in the finding dory trailer but Ellen, a lesbian, is literally the main voice actor for the movie
— mk (@thscavenger) May 28, 2016
And then we have the other side of the spectrum of the Finding Dory speculation:
This finding Dory Lesbian Couple clickbait is so obnoxious. ‘Two women in proximity in an animated movie – MIGHT BE LESBIANS!’
— Nick Issac (@nickissac) May 30, 2016
OMG two women in one scene of a #FindingDory trailer! That absolutely must mean they’re lesbians! Grasping for straws, anyone?
— Rae Rae (@raeluvcoffee) May 30, 2016
Could it be that these are simply two friends having a casual stroll? Absolutely! It can also be just as likely that it could mean something more. The two main sides of the reaction spectrum are those who feel like they are being represented more in popular media avenues and then there are others that believe that people are getting excited over something that could simply be platonic.
It does raise the question though … with so many people showing their support to what many believe to be an implied scene, is media representation that important? To many, yes it is. Just look at the public reaction to Frozen’s Elsa getting a girlfriend petition or the “Stucky” angle for Captain America. To people that feel like they have no positive media to showcase their own lives, it would be a bold move that could wildly appreciated by families of all types. Family is family. And like Dory says, “Just keep swimming”.
Are you Geeks excited for the sequel? Looking at the trailer, it looks like it will be a whirlwind of feels, laughs, and some amazing new faces. Finding Dory is coming to theaters everywhere on June 17th.