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Power Rangers set to represent with the inclusion of an LGBT character

03.20.2017

The uphill battle for respectful and proper representation of the LGBTQ community in comic book and superhero-related entertainment has certainly been an arduous one. In appears, in recent times, as if some major strides are being made to normalize and integrate characters who fancy same-sex relations, and it's about damn time. Today, it's been confirmed that Dean Israelite's forthcoming POWER RANGERS film will be the first to feature a big-screen LGBT protagonist. Gasp! That's right, kaiju-sized, mechanized dinosaur robot fans, Trini, the Yellow Ranger (Becky G), is breaking down barriers and striking a major victory for members of an under-represented community as an equal to her heterosexual teammates. It's Morphin time indeed!

From what I've gathered, there's a scene in the film's second act where the Rangers learn that the Yellow Ranger is still discovering the nature of her sexual orientation. In short, one of the characters makes an assumptive comment about Trini having "boyfriend problems" to which the Yellow Ranger then states that it's actually "girlfriend problems." It's a moment that Israelite refers to as "pivotal" for the entirety of the film. 

Israelite elaborated on his comments by saying the following, "For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is. She hasn't fully figured it out yet. I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That's OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe." Right on, Dean. While I'm certain that the internet will flood with negativity over the decision to make Trini a part of the LGBT community, this move will no doubt be seen as a positive for a group that's had to fight for themselves to be represented without bias in popular media for generations.

Don't take my word for it though, even the original Blue Ranger, actor David Yost (who is a proud member of the gay community) stated that the team behind POWER RANGERS "really stepped up to the plate." He also thinks that, "so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.” I couldn't agree more, David. 

Additionally, be sure to check out our Everything You Need to Know: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers feature here

POWER RANGERS will shout "Go go!" in theaters this coming Friday on March 24, 2017!

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Extra Tidbit: Other members of the LGBTQ super hero community include such characters as: Batwoman (Lesbian), Midnighter (Gay), Wiccan (Gay), Hulkling (Gay), Iceman, (Gay), John Constantine (Bisexual), Harley Quinn (Bisexual), Catwoman (Bisexual), Madame Xanadu (Bisexual), The Question (Lesbian), Karolina Dean (Lesbian), Mystique (Sexually Fluid, Gender Fluid)

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2:00PM on 03/21/2017
I know several gay people. Friends with all of them. You know how many times gay people affect my daily life? Zero. Because they make up barley 2% of the population. Hollywood. They are not one in 5. Not one in 10. Stop. Stop. Be nice to them, but don't flood me with this shit, Jesus. That means 2 out of 100 characters should be gay. Stop being discriminating.
I know several gay people. Friends with all of them. You know how many times gay people affect my daily life? Zero. Because they make up barley 2% of the population. Hollywood. They are not one in 5. Not one in 10. Stop. Stop. Be nice to them, but don't flood me with this shit, Jesus. That means 2 out of 100 characters should be gay. Stop being discriminating.
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7:44PM on 03/20/2017
Hot lesbian action is always welcome
Hot lesbian action is always welcome
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5:13PM on 03/20/2017
This is just gay
This is just gay
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4:35PM on 03/20/2017

The ignorance of some of the commenters on this site is embarrassing

Studios are starting to announce these things prior to a movie's release not to gain publicity, but to prepare ult-right parents who will complain after taking their children to see it that it's liberal propaganda. And since we does someone's sexual orientation have to be relevant to the plot for it to be formally announced? That's the same logic one could use when films unnecessarily show female nudity for the sake of appeasing a horny viewer.
Studios are starting to announce these things prior to a movie's release not to gain publicity, but to prepare ult-right parents who will complain after taking their children to see it that it's liberal propaganda. And since we does someone's sexual orientation have to be relevant to the plot for it to be formally announced? That's the same logic one could use when films unnecessarily show female nudity for the sake of appeasing a horny viewer.
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6:03PM on 03/20/2017
It's actually alt-right.
It's actually alt-right.
2:59PM on 03/20/2017
Doesn't matter unless it's actually relevant to the story or is an actual pivotal plot point.
Doesn't matter unless it's actually relevant to the story or is an actual pivotal plot point.
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2:45PM on 03/20/2017

Who Cares

Pivotal moment my ass. Who cares if shes gay. Is it going to affect her being able to kick ass and drive a Zord? No? Okay then. Stop making it a thing when it doesnt need to be.
Pivotal moment my ass. Who cares if shes gay. Is it going to affect her being able to kick ass and drive a Zord? No? Okay then. Stop making it a thing when it doesnt need to be.
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7:29PM on 03/20/2017
Doesn't matter to me either but you'd be surprised at how parents react (or overreact) to dialogue and or implications of sexuality like a recent event where a mother went off on Facebook on Disney for having Le Fou in Beauty and the Beast be gay and not having prior notice.
Doesn't matter to me either but you'd be surprised at how parents react (or overreact) to dialogue and or implications of sexuality like a recent event where a mother went off on Facebook on Disney for having Le Fou in Beauty and the Beast be gay and not having prior notice.
2:40PM on 03/20/2017
I'm glad to see an inclusion of what's in the real world be represented on the big screen. some of these nazis below think its unnatural to be human and want to keep Hollywood 50's where everyone is still in the closet because theyre sensitive and special little snowflakes when it comes to the real world.
I'm glad to see an inclusion of what's in the real world be represented on the big screen. some of these nazis below think its unnatural to be human and want to keep Hollywood 50's where everyone is still in the closet because theyre sensitive and special little snowflakes when it comes to the real world.
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5:23PM on 03/20/2017
lol, Nazis? that word really has lost all meaning.
lol, Nazis? that word really has lost all meaning.
12:07AM on 03/21/2017
wait until he calls you racist for that, or a bigot, or sexist, or homophobe.

Sooooooooooooooooo many lib buzz words to end an argument or conversation.
wait until he calls you racist for that, or a bigot, or sexist, or homophobe.

Sooooooooooooooooo many lib buzz words to end an argument or conversation.
2:36PM on 03/20/2017
Who cares? I was going to go see "Life" anyway. I love how whenever they write articles like this, they always ask for negative comments while they're at it.
Who cares? I was going to go see "Life" anyway. I love how whenever they write articles like this, they always ask for negative comments while they're at it.
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2:52PM on 03/20/2017
Assuming there will be negative comments isn't the same as inviting them. The article presents this news as a positive and nothing but.
Assuming there will be negative comments isn't the same as inviting them. The article presents this news as a positive and nothing but.
2:57PM on 03/20/2017
Seems more like bait, but, whatever you like.
Seems more like bait, but, whatever you like.
2:28PM on 03/20/2017

Red for the actual movie

This is nice and respectable and all but the movie still looks like shit
This is nice and respectable and all but the movie still looks like shit
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2:19PM on 03/20/2017

Feels like they're trying to salvage a positive.....

. . . out of an otherwise crap movie. If a character is gay or whatever, then fine. But to announce it before the release as "something important" screams of begging for attention. It's also insanely creepy to do it in a movie aimed at kids with "teenage" stars (even though they're probably older in real life). Not sure why people feel this is necessary, but it's what we've come to expect from Hollywood directors.
. . . out of an otherwise crap movie. If a character is gay or whatever, then fine. But to announce it before the release as "something important" screams of begging for attention. It's also insanely creepy to do it in a movie aimed at kids with "teenage" stars (even though they're probably older in real life). Not sure why people feel this is necessary, but it's what we've come to expect from Hollywood directors.
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2:06PM on 03/20/2017
Don't know why these things need to be announced ahead of time. I just don't think it would be a huge deal if people watched the movie and it was naturally revealed. Probably would be more effective as well.
Don't know why these things need to be announced ahead of time. I just don't think it would be a huge deal if people watched the movie and it was naturally revealed. Probably would be more effective as well.
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2:28PM on 03/20/2017
hit the nail on the head here... and the best example I can think of is Casey Affleck's jock character in ParaNorman. It was a cool, funny and meaningful reveal towards the end of the movie and didn't need to be stressed. It was just part of the story... not everything needs to be a 'story'
hit the nail on the head here... and the best example I can think of is Casey Affleck's jock character in ParaNorman. It was a cool, funny and meaningful reveal towards the end of the movie and didn't need to be stressed. It was just part of the story... not everything needs to be a 'story'
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1:58PM on 03/20/2017
I'm so sick of crap like this. The LGBT "community" is a minority group, but sadly getting a lot of news and influencing younger kids and suddenly "coming out" is becoming a trend. I don't agree with this lifestyle, certainly don't believe people were born this way. I'm just sick of the media around this and everyone thinking it's the happening thing to be.
I'm so sick of crap like this. The LGBT "community" is a minority group, but sadly getting a lot of news and influencing younger kids and suddenly "coming out" is becoming a trend. I don't agree with this lifestyle, certainly don't believe people were born this way. I'm just sick of the media around this and everyone thinking it's the happening thing to be.
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2:03PM on 03/20/2017
First off, the cast is super diverse. You have an Asian guy playing the Black Ranger and a black guy playing the Blue ranger. Having Trini gay is fine. Furthermore, gay is NOT a choice. You are born this way. Just as I, a male, can NEVER imagine myself with another male, it's exactly 100000000000000000% the same as a male you can't imagine themselves with a female. Gay is natural. The idea that you are too ignorant to understand it is unnatural.
First off, the cast is super diverse. You have an Asian guy playing the Black Ranger and a black guy playing the Blue ranger. Having Trini gay is fine. Furthermore, gay is NOT a choice. You are born this way. Just as I, a male, can NEVER imagine myself with another male, it's exactly 100000000000000000% the same as a male you can't imagine themselves with a female. Gay is natural. The idea that you are too ignorant to understand it is unnatural.
2:12PM on 03/20/2017
Not sure what you're smoking Magnus, but gay people CHOOSE to have straight relationships all the time (Cynthia Nixon, Amber Heard, etc...) while straight people CHOOSE to have gay relationships all the time. Some people may be born gay, others straight, and others somewhere in-between but to blanketly claim that gay is "not a choice" is just as ignorant as saying it is.
Not sure what you're smoking Magnus, but gay people CHOOSE to have straight relationships all the time (Cynthia Nixon, Amber Heard, etc...) while straight people CHOOSE to have gay relationships all the time. Some people may be born gay, others straight, and others somewhere in-between but to blanketly claim that gay is "not a choice" is just as ignorant as saying it is.
2:21PM on 03/20/2017
Adean and Des you both are completely ignorant. Homosexuality isn't a choice just like being born a race isn't a choice. Amber Heard is bisexual not a lesbian. A lot of actors and actresses as well as normal people are in the closet therefore will choose to be in a relationship with the opposite sex to hide their personal life. If you don't want to believe it that's fine but dont sh*t on someone because of their sexuality it makes you look daft
Adean and Des you both are completely ignorant. Homosexuality isn't a choice just like being born a race isn't a choice. Amber Heard is bisexual not a lesbian. A lot of actors and actresses as well as normal people are in the closet therefore will choose to be in a relationship with the opposite sex to hide their personal life. If you don't want to believe it that's fine but dont sh*t on someone because of their sexuality it makes you look daft
2:43PM on 03/20/2017
WhenAmyMetSalad - Exactly. Des1, Bisexual isn't the same as gay. Also, my uncle was married with 3 kids and clearly gay (they now have been separated for years) but he did the "straight" thing to remain in the closet, just for his parents.
WhenAmyMetSalad - Exactly. Des1, Bisexual isn't the same as gay. Also, my uncle was married with 3 kids and clearly gay (they now have been separated for years) but he did the "straight" thing to remain in the closet, just for his parents.
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1:51PM on 03/20/2017

as long there is a Sex scene with her lover...

dont care.
dont care.
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