Netflix has released a teaser trailer for Q-Force, an upcoming adult animated series featuring a cast of queer spies. However, the show is already being met with a lot of disdain online, with a number of people from the LGBTQ+ community calling the entire thing quite homophobic.
Was I excited when Netflix decided to go ahead with Q-Force back in 2019? I sure was. In a sense, with media being full of superhero and spy teams featuring cisgender heterosexual people, why can’t there be a team that includes only queer folk?
However, my excitement is basically gone after watching the teaser trailer for Q-Force. And before anyone comes at me with the usual, “But it’s just a trailer! You shouldn’t form an opinion so early!”
Uhhh! That’s exactly what trailers and other marketing content are meant for. To allow people to form opinions early. Studios spend millions of dollars to influence opinions before something is released and unfortunately it looks like the marking team dropped the ball on this one.
As far as my opinion goes, I can understand the frustration people are sharing online. There’s a difference between actual well-written queer representation and tokenization or exploitation. The teaser trailer seems to be relying too much on problematic queer stereotypes and making Q-Force look like an animated series that’s going to offer a whole lot of ammo to anti-LGBTQ+ folk.
Folk in the queer community have shared how this upcoming series seems to be catering to a “cisgender straight” audience the way wanting a “Gay Best Friend” and going “YASSS SLAY QUEEN” is a thing for certain cisgender straight people instead of them putting in the effort to understand the queer community and being an actual ally.
It’s giving me very:
Here’s the teaser trailer!
The creative team includes Gabe Liedman, Sean Hayes, and Michael Schur. The voice cast has Gary Cole, David Harbour, Patti Harrison, Laurie Metcalf, Matt Rogers, and Wanda Sykes. Hayes and Liedman are also voicing characters.
The first season will consist of 10 episodes and will premiere on Netflix come September 2, 2021. According to Deadline, the premise involves Steve Maryweather, aka Agent Mary, deciding to form the Q-Force after he’s shunned by the American Intelligence Agency for coming out as gay. After finally receiving approval from the AIA, the team is upgraded to Active Secret Agents, but they have to add straight-guy Agent Buck to their squad.
I mean, there’s definitely an interesting story there, but the teaser trailer did disappoint me.
Before I bring this article to a close, I would like to remind everyone that having an opinion about something is okay. You don’t have to like every queer-centric piece of media out there and feel hesitant to criticize it.
However, what’s not okay is harassing certain people associated with said projects. While typing this article, I came across a number of tweets directly going after the animators and artists who worked on Q-Force. That’s just sad to see.
You can be vocal about disliking something on Twitter without feeling the need to actually tag the creatives involved. I’ve dragged shows countless times without involving the creatives on Twitter. It’s easy.
Anyway, let’s see how this animated show is received when it debuts later this year. What are your thoughts after watching the Q-Force teaser trailer?
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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