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Marvel's First Gay Couple Is In 'Eternals', Here's Hoping They Do It Right

Time to start walking the walk.

For all the wild success Marvel has had in getting people’s arses in seats to all of its movies, the studio hasn’t had the greatest track record when it comes to LGBTQI+ representation. However, it appears that this is about to change as it’s been confirmed that the upcoming Eternals will feature the MCU’s first ever gay couple.

Speaking about romance, the GOAT team talk about To All The Boys 2 on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Chatting to Logo about being part of the sprawling Marvel universe for the first time, Haaz Sleiman says he’ll be playing the husband of Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos in Eternals, and they’ll be representing a gay couple with a child.

Not only will there be a gay couple onscreen in a Marvel movie for the first time but we’ll actually see them interact with each other and doing couple-y things like kissing and stuff instead of being background afterthoughts:

“Oh, yeah, absolutely, and it’s a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set. For me it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be.

Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we in the queer community were all children at one point.

We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious. We forget to connect on that human part.

This is a big thing for LGBTQI+ representation in the MCU as previous efforts were pretty meh. Over the course of 20-something films, all we got was lot of off-screen talk about Valkryie being bisexual in Thor: Ragnarok and a minor gay character in Endgame. It’s not been great and Marvel has copped quite a bit of criticism for it over the years for talking the talk but not walking the walk.

Here’s hoping that Marvel actually follow through properly with its LGBTQI+ representation in Eternals this time around because it’s important and it’s a little tiring seeing studios doing the absolute bare minimum in terms of inclusivity and patting themselves on the back for it (*cough* that kiss in Rise Of Skywalker *cough*).

Let’s see whether it’s another case of Marvel doing a lot of talking and no showing or whether actual progress is made this time around when Eternals drops on November 6.

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The Simpsons Still Owe Ned Flanders Proper Closure For Maude's Death

20 years on and we're still not okilly-dokilly about this.

You’d think that The Simpsons‘ version God would be quite nice to Ned Flanders after all his decades of faithful devotion, yet the five-fingered bearded one still saw fit to kill both of Ned’s wives, Maude and Edna Krabappel.

It’s now been 20 years since Maude was sent to the pearly gates and her death is still felt among the Simpsons faithful (well, me anyway at least), mainly because neither we or Ned Flanders got some proper closure.

Speaking of closure, the GOAT team dive into To All The Boys 2 and see how the story continues on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Unlike Edna, who was gracefully written out of The Simpsons due to Marcia Wallace (the character’s voice actor) died, Maude’s unceremonious death via an ill-timed blow to the face by a T-shirt shot out of a cannon came about due to a pay dispute between the character’s voice actor, Maggie Roswell, and Fox.

As a result of this dispute – which was later resolved and saw Maggie return to The Simpsons – the writers decided to kill off Maude as a way to force Ned Flanders to “face a challenge and grow in a new direction” – as well as a cheap and surefire way to boost ratings.

Now there’s nothing wrong with killing off a major character, especially for a show that’s gone on as long as The Simpsons, provided that the death is handled well. Unfortunately for Ned and us, Maude’s death and its consequences were given almost no attention.

We don’t expect a Ned Flanders go through every single stage of grief on an episode of The Simpsons, but surely the show could’ve done more to give us and Ned some better closure for Maude than a quick funeral and a grieving period lasting about 30 seconds.

After Maude quickly gets pushed aside for a rushed “Ned gets back into dating” storyline thanks to Homer’s intervention, a THIRD storyline about Ned losing his faith is tacked on top of everything. Sure there were a few cheap laughs, but you have to wonder why the Simpsons writers squeezed in three episodes worth of story into one 20-ish minute episode.

While Maude wasn’t exactly the most popular character (though far from the most unpopular), it’s an absolute shame The Simpsons didn’t dive deeper into the aftermath of her death. She and Ned had been married for years and the way she was so quickly forgotten leaves a bit of an uneasy feeling.

It would’ve been a really interesting creative direction to have an entire Simpsons episode dedicated to Ned and his sons properly working through what happened and another episode exploring Ned’s latest crisis of faith.

Maude deserved a better exit than a death by T-shirt cannon, and Ned Flanders certainly deserved proper closure for such a traumatic event that didn’t involve getting roped into one of Homer’s ideas.

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This Guy Won NME's 'Hero Of The Year' And Assaulted A Woman In One Go

Katherine Ryan should've been given Hero Of The Year for putting this drunk misogynist in his place.

Rapper Slowthai is a s**t-stirring grub who likes to spit in the mouths of fans, that much we do know. Yet people seem to like his controversial antics and music either way, so much so they voted him as Hero Of The Year at the NME Awards.

Well based on his conduct towards comedian Katherine Ryan and his behaviour to the audience, it seems like fans may already be regretting their decision to vote for the rapper.

Speaking of cooked moments at awards shows, the GOAT team look at why Luke Perry was forgotten at the Oscars on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

The entire mess began when Slowthai came face to face with Katherine Ryan, who was hosting the NME Awards. What initially started as an awkward interaction quickly descended into sexual harassment as he proceeded to make a number of disgusting and misogynistic slurs, such as calling her “baby girl,” urging her to smell his cologne and telling the audience “She wants me to tend to her flowers.”

It is clear that Slowthai was drunk based on his slurring, but that does not excuse any of the stuff he said and did to Katherine.

A massive kudos for Katherine Ryan though as she not only handled all that harassment like a champ, she turned the table back on Slowthai by mercilessly mocking him and restored some semblance of sanity back to the NME Awards.

That horrendous exchange was followed by an equally cooked incident when Slowthai was getting presented NME’s fan-voted Hero Of The Year award.

During his acceptance speech, an audience member started calling him out for being a misogynistic arsehole towards Katherine Ryan. Being the s**t-stirring grub he is, Slowthai responded by throwing a drink into the crowd and trying to pick a fight with the person who called him out. It was after all this that security thought maybe it was time to kick the rapper out.

Slowthai, your 2020 NME Hero Of The Year, folks.

In one fell swoop, Slowthai has not only torpedoed his career with his drunken antics, he has revealed himself not to be a misogynist rather than the edgy, anti-establishment rapper he’s tried so hard to promote.

The NME Awards aren’t off the hook here either because it was clear to everyone present what Slowthai was doing to Katherine, and yet no one working the event stepped in to intervene? Come on, NME Awards, you can do far better than that.

Is it too late to strip Slowthai of his Hero Of The Year NME award (while putting him in the canceled corner) and giving it to Katherine Ryan? She was the true hero of the event and deserves far more than putting up with a drunk misogynist.

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