Once Upon a Time made good on their promise to introduce an LGBT relationship this season and, for fans of the series, it was something expected for months, ever since series showrunners, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, began teasing Season 5 to fans. The Once Upon a Time showrunners were open about their intentions, but, as soon as the first kiss between Ruby and Dorothy aired in “Ruby Slippers” on Sunday night, One Million Moms launched a campaign to drive a wedge between Once Upon a Time and its supporters.
Once Upon A Time Proves True Love’s Kiss Isn’t Limited To Straight Couples
The primary story arc in this week’s episode of Once Upon a Time explored the relationship between Ruby and Dorothy, both past and present. Flashbacks, which are typical fare for Once Upon a Time, revealed that Ruby (Meghan Ory) and Mulan (Jamie Chung) were once trapped in Oz, and it was only with the help of Toto that the two were able to befriend Dorothy (Teri Reeves). Even in the early stages of friendship, it seemed Dorothy and Ruby felt a bond between them, instantly taking to giving each other pet names such as Wolfy for Ruby and Kansas for Dorothy.
The Once Upon a Time flashback continues, revealing the peril Ruby faces together with her newfound friend, as the two women, lost amid the land of Oz, must outrun the wicked witch’s flying monkeys. It’s only Ruby’s ability to transform into the wolf that allows her to save Dorothy, a transformation that startles the farmgirl from Kansas. Later in the story, Dorothy sneaks away to administer a sleeping curse to the Wicked Witch, known to Once Upon a Time fans as Zelena (Rebecca Mader), but the Witch quickly turns the tables on her, and Dorothy falls under Zelena’s spell.
In the present, Ruby uses the magic slippers to transport herself and Snow White back to Oz (Ginnifer Goodwin), where Mulan and the munchkins are still watching over Dorothy’s sleeping body. There’s only one thing that can save Dorothy. As Once Upon a Time fans know too well by now, the sleeping curse can only be broken by true love’s kiss, but who in Oz can deliver such a powerful kiss to the sleeping stranger? In a twist, we learn that Ruby’s feelings for Dorothy go beyond mere friendship, and it’s her kiss that brings Dorothy out of her sleep. As she awakens and the two embrace, they share a more passionate kiss, giving Once Upon a Time its first same-sex kiss and earning the ire of society’s watchdog, One Million Moms.
One Million Moms Launches An Attack On Once Upon A Time For A Single Same Sex Kiss
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Yes, One Million Moms is fuming over the lesbian kiss shared by actresses Meghan Ory and Teri Reeves in the recent episode of Once Upon a Time, and they seem to be just as angry over the fact that Oz’s munchkins stood by to watch the latest display of true love as they are that the kiss took place at all. One Million Moms, whose members do not actually comprise one million people, issued a statement criticizing the episode and calling for advertisers to boycott Once Upon a Time for that scene.
“ABC’s Once Upon a Time introduced a lesbian couple during this week’s episode which 1MM and parents find completely unnecessary. On the other hand, the producers said the inclusion of homosexuality in a show popular with kids was ‘important.’ Many families watch the program based on beloved children’s fairytales, but unfortunately, ABC has distorted and twisted the storylines in these fables.”
Their statement continues to attempt to derail the positive vibes generated by the scene, which only attempts to show that true love is an all-encompassing force for good. One Million Moms criticizes the Once Upon a Time showrunners further, implying that Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are attempting to make homosexuality seem much more prevalent than it really is in everyday life.
“Last year, when hinting the coming storyline, they said, ‘It (the LGBTQ relationship) is something we think is due and important to do on the show. This is the world we live in.’ The producers repeated the mantra ‘love is love’ and again admitted that their goal was to normalize and push gay relationships ‘as a part of everyday life. Homosexuality continues to be over-represented in the media because producers want people, and especially kids, to think it’s normal and everyday life. In reality, that is their fairytale.”
The next episode of Once Upon a Time is set to air on Sunday, April 24 on ABC.
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