Love, Simon

I’m not going to lie, I saw Love, Simon three times, and cried every single time. The fact that we finally have a major motion picture featuring a gay teenager’s coming out story is pretty impressive, considering there’s currently a pending legal case that will decide whether it’s discriminatory for bakers to deny service to a gay couple.  Like…it’s unconstitutional. Why is this not a no-brainer?

Anyway, Love, Simon is a masterpiece {side note: I am IN LOVE with the soundtrack}. After I watched it for the third time, I have to admit I did notice some things.

Before I begin, I just want to say I am not attacking the movie or the cast. It was absolutely incredible. These are just some things I was wondering about.

The approach at Simon’s coming out process is fairly laid back, even described as ‘awkward’. It’s portrayed as more of a chore than an intense gamble, risking the relationships with your family and friends. Coming out is not a chore…it’s an intensely nerve-wracking experience. This viewpoint is semi-minimizing of people’s stories where coming out isn’t just a chore.

Another thing is that Nick Robinson (who plays Simon) is straight. If you’re making a movie about a gay teen, consider casting a gay actor {although I do appreciate the casting of Keiynan Lonsdale, who identifies as bisexual. 🏳️‍🌈}.

Other than these things, it’s still a great movie. I encourage all of you to watch it right now.

~Kiran

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