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I think it all has to do with how a relationship is framed. Two characters of the same gender can definitely have an intimate and close relationship without it being queerbaiting. The best example I can think of is Jimmy and Richard. Their friendship is undeniably strong and they share a very close bond. It’s obvious that they are incredibly important to one another and the strength of their relationship is highlighted again and again.
But the show never frames Jimmy and Richard’s relationship in a romantic way. They never use camera tricks used to indicate attraction or write lines that imply something is there. If someone ships them romantically, I’m certainly not saying that they can’t and that it’s undisputedly a platonic relationship.
Because people can ship whatever they want and I am all for queering characters. But the canon text gives them a strong bond without ever alluding to queerness. Therefore, not queerbaiting.
The strongest example of queerbaiting that I can think of in anything ever is Sherlock and John on BBC Sherlock. (I haven’t watched much of Supernatural, so I can’t speak to that). But how many times have they made deliberate choices meant to indicate either romantic elements or sexual tension between John and Sherlock? How many longing gazes and “aww you guys are a couple” “wat no” and then the audience is supposed to laugh because “ha ha silly queer people what a funny misunderstanding.” They make deliberate choices to make us view John and Sherlock’s relationship in a romantic and/or sexual way. And then turn around and yell NO HOMO because they don’t want anyone to get the “wrong” idea.
Queerbaiting, to me, is all about how a relationship is framed. If the narrative is constantly alluding to or implying a romantic and/or sexual relationship between two characters—but never delivers or refuses to address that those feelings were real or valid—I consider it queerbaiting.
(Side note: If, to use those examples, they went “yeah Sherlock definitely has romantic feelings for John,” but they never get into a relationship… At least Sherlock is canonically queer. It’s frustrating, but not as bad, in my book.)
A friendship is one thing. Queerbaiting is when they take that friendship, add in some longing looks and suggestive lines, and then go “BUT NO HOMO NO WAY! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING” as though they weren’t tugging you in that direction the whole time. It’s basically saying that your queer reading of the characters or their relationship is invalid, you were making it up all along, and how dare you think that way. It’s treating queerness as a deviation they don’t even want to consider beyond subtext. They are unwilling to make it real or to acknowledge that the potentiality exists or was even there in the first.
And frankly, I think it’s heinous.
1. Amber Heard
2. Alan Cumming
3. Drew Barrymore
4. Megan Fox
5. Andy Dick
6. Carrie Brownstein
7. Lady Gaga
8. Billy Joe Armstrong
9. Angelina Jolie
10. Margaret Cho
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