Loki season 1 showrunner and director Kate Herron has responded to criticism from Russell T. Davies regarding the show’s handling of Loki’s sexuality.
In episode three of the first season of the Marvel spin-off, Loki comes out during a conversation with Sylvie. It’s a subtle moment: she suggests there must have been “a lot of budding princesses or maybe another prince” in her life, to which Loki replies, “A bit of both. I suspect the same thing than you.” Loki is indeed bisexual in the comics, which Herron said was important for the show.
Davies, creator of Queer as Folk, reacted to the scene with harsh words, saying, “Loki once makes a reference to being bisexual, and everyone is like, ‘Oh my god, that’s like a pansexual show.’ It’s like a word. He said the word ‘prince’ and we’re supposed to say, ‘Thank you, Disney! Aren’t you wonderful?’ That’s pathetic, that’s a ridiculous gesture , cowardly and weak towards vital politics and the stories that should be told.
In a new interview with Variety (opens in a new tab)Herron replied, “I don’t dispute that there should be bigger stories told, but – and I think he’s entitled to his opinion – I’m very proud of what we’ve done on the show. Russell is a hero of mine, but like I said, hopefully we’ve at least opened the door and more stories will come.
Tom Hiddleston previously discussed the moment in The Guardian (opens in a new tab)calling it a “small” but “important” step and saying there is “further to go”.
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