Saturday Night Social: What Does Godzilla vs. Kong Mean for the Future of Lesbian Cinema?

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They said it couldn’t be done, but look! Those gals did it.

Godzilla vs. Kong has not only done well at the box office, racking in nearly $30 million at the domestic box office since its March 31 release, Deadline reports, it’s on track to have the best opening of any film released during the pandemic!

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For a film with such unapologetically gay characters as Godzilla vs. Kong’s titular sapphics to have such success is unprecedented, and it could mean big things for the future lesbian inclusion in major motion picture studio films, where queer women’s representation has not just been historically low but has in fact been trending downwards in recent years.

In 2020, GLAAD found that only 22 of those big-budget movies featured LGBTQ characters, and of those only eight had lesbians in them! Will Godzilla vs. Kong have an impact on that? Only time will tell.

Freelance journalist (GQ, W, Esquire, elsewhere), here on weekends

DISCUSSION

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Pumpkin Andy is Orange

So, after trying to discuss our monthly monetary shortfall with The Bartender, several times, I’ve decided to definitely find something online, part time. When I think about this I become mildly furious; certain things are quite expensive here in Panama, like prescriptions, and my pension doesn’t quite cover the bills. We’re about $400 short a month, to break even. And The Bartender is not amenable to either talking about this, or finding a part time position to get us over the hump. He gets pouty and pissed off when I bring it up (carefully and very much “our” problem to fix, never ever ever saying that I spend my entire pension trying to support us, his prescriptions are hundreds of dollars per month, and I can live quite nicely on my pension, it’s just it’s not enough for two people), but that’s the situation. He has no credit, either, so anything we can’t pay for is on my credit card. To me the fair solution is that he contribute, by finding part time work online because it’s 100% on me and I’m always worried and stressed about money. Perhaps I’m viewing this incorrectly, but I feel taken advantage of. And he does nothing, which, by default, means I have to find some money or go into credit card debt. By avoiding the subject or trying to end the conversation with a vague “well, see if you can find someone to take a look at your laptop”, I believe in my heart that what’s going to happen on his part is nothing. At all. So, this situation seems untenable, and Pumpkin Andy has some thoughts.

We have both applied for residency visas (his was several thousands of dollars, of course I paid) and until we get our visas, I am not rocking the boat. In the meantime, I’m going to hopefully put a band aid on this money situation, and expect nothing from him. Because there’s nothing that he’s going to do, and I need to accept that. This selfishness and laziness is a horrible side to him that I didn’t see coming.

I’m going to study Spanish hard hard hard in the meantime, so by the time these visas materialize, two to six be fairly decent. I’ve been taking lessons, by the way, and I study but not tons, and I am going to study more. I am going to research other places in Latin America also. I don’t know that I can live without city amenities, and I am certain I don’t want to; the closest body waxer, for example, is in another country. You live and you learn what works for you best by doing it. And my experience is that I don’t regret applying for residency, which I may use throughout my life, or may not. I don’t regret moving abroad with The Bartender, in fact, he did a lot of the logistics to actually get us here. I want legal weed and city life, which will never happen in Panama (Panama City is quite nice but also very hot, rainy, and spendy). Maybe I’ll get my visa, move to Oregon or Washington to regroup, and go from there. Maybe Medellin, Colombia is waiting for me. I have no idea and the future is wide open. But I don’t honestly see a future with The Bartender. We all have our flaws, of course, but his attitude towards money is all wrong. We need to be responsible citizens, at the minimum, and it’s just not there with him. So change is on the horizon, in time, because I am not carrying an able bodied adult on my back for the rest of my life.