Watch: 'It's a Sin' Creator Slams LGBTQ+ Representation in 'Loki' as 'Pathetic'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday August 11, 2021

'It's a Sin' creator Russell T. Davies
'It's a Sin' creator Russell T. Davies  (Source:Screencap/Worcester College, Oxford/YouTube)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) thrilled fans when, in the third episode of the TV series "Loki," the title character (played by Tom Hiddleston) disclosed his bisexuality. But not everyone was satisfied with the fleeting moment, which was all talk (and brief talk, at that) and no action. (A planned montage showing Loki with both male and female sex partners reportedly never made it past the writers room.) Now "It's a Sin" creator Russell T. Davies has dismissed the gesture at inclusivity as "pathetic" and "craven," IndieWire reports.

"I think huge, clanging warning bells are ringing as the giants rise up" among streaming platforms, the openly gay Davies said, singling out Netflix and Disney+ specifically.

" 'Loki' makes one reference to being bisexual once, and everyone's like, 'Oh my god, it's like a pansexual show," Davies, who is also the creator of the original British "Queer As Folk," went on to say. "It's pathetic. It's a ridiculous, craven, feeble gesture towards the vital politics and the stories that should be told."

As previosuly reported at EDGE, in the third episode of the MCU television project, Loki — modeled on the Norse trickster god who is traditionally seen as both pansexual and gender-fluid — discloses during a talk with a female version of himself from another reality that he has had the occasional "prince" along with the princesses who are part of his sexual history. The same is true for his female counterpart.

"It's like one word," Davies pointed out. "He said the word 'prince,' and we're meant to go, 'Thank you, Disney! Aren't you marvelous?'"

Davies made his comments while taking part in "a recent video panel on the state of queer representation in television," IndieWire reported.

Series director Kate Herron, who is bisexual, took to Twitter with a post that celebrated the character's bisexuality being cemented in MCU canon, writing that it was "very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki as bisexual."

But the subject didn't come again in Season One, and when Herron subsequently intimated that there might be no followup in future seasons, frustrated fans — who have been teased by MCU projects for years — accused Marvel of "queerbaiting."

After that, Herron's messaging was tweaked in a slightly different way. When asked by Collider whether the second season of "Loki" might "have a sequence where [Loki actor] Tom Hiddleston actually has a romantic connection with a man?" Herron was noncommittal but hopeful, telling the publication: "I would say that part of my thinking was, well, if it's canon and it's acknowledged, then yeah I hope there's obviously more road to travel with that aspect of his personality. And I hope it has opened the door to more stories, definitely."

Watch Davies' comments below. (Note: Davies' comments about "Loki" come at the 13:23 mark.)

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.