I could tell the so-called queer representation (specifically the bisexual kind) in Roswell, New Mexico was going to be problematic when the show’s promo content was made available. Now, eleven episodes in, certain fans are sharing their disappointment and seeing creator Carina Adly Mackenzie trying to justify her writing is hilarious. She has LGBT writers working on this show, y’all!
I’m waiting for the day when showrunners realize they can’t continue to queerbait the audience or expect praise when writing content which does nothing for positive queer representation in media. In my previous post about poor bisexual representation in Roswell, New Mexico, you could tell it was very obvious how Mackenzie was expecting praise by changing the sexualities of characters from the original source material.
And while I’m all for writers changing certain aspects of characters to tell something interesting, Mackenzie and her team did nothing of substance after making these changes. Right now (eleven episodes in), because of Roswell, New Mexico, Mackenzie is nothing more than another showrunner who exploited the queerness of characters in hopes for brownie points.
Instead of understanding where certain fans are coming from, Mackenzie has taken to Twitter to justify her writing.
She even tweeted (in my opinion) the “I have gay friends” card when trying to make fans understand how bisexuality works.
I mean, that’s what we all need, right? Mackenzie teaching (primarily) queer fans about bisexuality.
She is all about such teaching moments, ignoring how society, in general, reacts to bisexual relationships depending on when M/M, W/W or M/W are involved as a couple.
Furthermore, I don’t understand her idea of creating drama to tell how messy humans can be in life. I’m all for well-written drama and angst. It is one of the reasons I’m enjoying the Queliot and Qualice mess occurring in The Magicians.
However, what Mackenzie has been able to do, as of yet, includes promoting a bisexual stereotype (which feeds into biphobia even in the LGBTQ+ community), and using a WOC as nothing more than a bed warmer for a bisexual male character. Her so-called love triangle also involves a disabled gay character who happens to be best friends with the WOC.
Again, I’m all for messy drama, but seeing Mackenzie go about it in such a poor manner disappoints me. If you look at her writing, it becomes clear how she decided to use two queer male characters to attract a queer audience.
The premiere of Roswell, New Mexico featured a kiss between Michael and Alex (their ship is called Malex). The show was, rightfully at that time, praised for it. But in hindsight, in my opinion, such a decision was made to attract queer viewers, and now the same viewers are being told they are expecting too much or expecting the wrong things.
I can’t understand why Mackenzie decided to risk being known as a showrunner who did nothing for positive queer representation on TV. Her status as such a showrunner will be cemented in fandom if Roswell, New Mexico isn’t greenlit for a second season.
And even if she waves her magical writing wand to fix certain things, the fandom is still going to remember how she exploited the queerness of certain characters for the sake of cheap drama.
What do you think of the queer representation in Roswell, New Mexico? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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