The World Will Always Need Movies Like ‘Love, Simon’

Love, Simon

Recently there was an article in Time Magazine where Time’s writer Daniel D’Addario wrote some rather naive comments about the recent coming out movie Love, Simon.

The review focused mainly on the fact that the writer didn’t think the teenager on screen fit into a predetermined mold to be considered ‘gay enough’ for the coming out movie. On top of that, the lack of empathy throughout the piece completely waved off the idea that LGBTQ teens still face opposition when they come out in this day in age because of the progress we have made with marriage equality.

Let’s pause there. Equality is tricky when you look outside the language.

By definition all men are created equal, yet we are shown every day that minorities are not equal. Not by a long shot. And anyone that thinks otherwise lives inside a privileged bubble completely ignorant of the fact that there is a whole nation out there who recently voted men like Trump and Pence into office.

Speaking of the government, according to a 2016 CDC report by US Department of Health and Human Services, LGB teens are 5x more likely to commit suicide compared to heterosexual youth. In that same report, it also stated that 1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9–12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.

Of course, that probably has nothing to do about teenagers feeling like they don’t fit in, because the writer thinks people like Simon already have a good shot of fitting in.


According to the 2017 research by GLAAD, LGBTQ characters make up 6.4% of all regular characters on broadcasted scripted programming with 28 recurring LGBTQ characters. There are 103 LGBTQ characters on primetime scripting programming with 70 recurring characters. There are also 51 LGBTQ regular characters in original scripted series on the streaming services Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix as well as 19 recurring characters.

We are lucky that we have made headway when it comes to television and film being inclusive both in front of and behind the camera – but let’s not act like how things are the best they could be.

Should we not make films like Hidden Figures because they look back in time? Should we not make shows like One Day at a Time because they covers topics that aren’t relevant to everyone?

Representation is just that: Representing every kind of story.

This movie wasn’t made for a group of teenagers in New York City who you don’t think need to watch this movie because they don’t have difficult fitting in. It’s about being a beacon of light for the kids who do. It’s about showing the world that there are still LGBTQ teens who are afraid about coming out even with progressive parents because they live in a town like Laramie, Colorado or Cabool, Missouri.

Just because a movie wasn’t made for you or the audience you surround yourself with, doesn’t mean that you can’t relate to it or that it isn’t important to someone else.

Everyone deserves to have their kind of representation, and we will all be better for it.

Hillary Esquina

Hillary is tv/film fanatic and spends most of her free time talking about all things pop culture and representation. Her current day job is working in the nonprofit sector, and she is pretty much in love with any show that has strong female characters. Never one to be boxed into any sort of genre, her current favorites range from Wynonna Earp and Dark Matter to One Day At a Time and Modern Family.