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Finding Dory Filmmakers Respond to Trailer’s Possibly Lesbian Couple

The minds behind Finding Dory have officially responded to those fan theories about the possible lesbian or bisexual couple in the Finding Dory trailer. In a conversation with USA Today (warning: autoplay video), director Andrew Stanton and producer Lindsey Collins voiced some very vague, non-committal thoughts on the status of that couple. Essentially, they neither confirmed nor denied the status of that couple. Stanton said, “They can be whatever you want them to be. There’s no right or wrong answer.”

“We never asked them,” Collins said afterwards. Taking up Collins’ lead, Stanton agreed in what seems like a very tongue-in-cheek style, saying, “We have not asked that of any of the couples in any of our shots in any of our movies.”

It’s perhaps unsurprising that Stanton and Collins don’t have any particular thoughts about these two. In all likelihood, this fictional couple probably never really crossed their minds at any point during production. They were just two characters to them. However, the internet’s quick reaction to them, and their speedy acceptance of them as a possibly lesbian or bisexual couple shows just how starved viewers are for LGBTQIA representation. It’s something we absolutely need more of. If you’ve spent any time here, you know that’s a bell that we ring often. Always has been, always will be.

Whether this couple in Finding Dory is a lesbian or bisexual couple or not probably won’t have an effect on the rest of the movie, which seems to be picking up some very solid early reviews. You can find out more about the movie (and this couple) for yourself when it opens on June 17th.

(via /Film)

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