Xena Exists — Schitt’s Creek Didn’t Invent LGBTQ Normality
Dan Levy did a great job of normalizing queer reality, but the claims to pioneering this method have one problem — Xena: Warrior Princess
Don’t get me wrong — I love Schitt’s Creek. I think it is a jewel of modern television and a work of comedic genius. And I absolutely adore how it eschews a victim narrative by normalizing non-hetero romance. This is brilliant. But it is not new.
Xena: Warrior Princess did this in the mid nineties. The fantasy world of Xena handled homosexuality without nodding towards bigots. It allowed its characters to engage in both sexual and emotional relationships of the same sex variety without acknowledging that homophobia exists.
While I applaud Schitt’s Creek for its brilliant comedy and daring decision to normalize sexuality and gender liberty, because it flies in the face of identity marketing, I want it to be known this is not a first. Gen X was supporting a freedom-from-labels worldview before Millennials decided to make everything a matter of tribal avatar allegiance. I am glad the tides are turning back towards normalization, and away from identity.
Who we are in descriptives should not define who we are as individuals. I hope Schitt’s Creek can lead us back to the Xena era of progress, when we wanted to take down the man, and not just social media bully our way into being him.