I’ll brush by [Maura’s] blouse or maybe linger for a moment.As long as we’re not being accused of being homophobic, which is not in any way true and completely infuriating, I’m OK with it.”There are endless examples of Rizzoli and Isles touching each other and giving each other lingering looks, some of which are because they actually do sometimes pretend to be in a relationship to get annoying men to leave them alone.I’m tired of shipping couples that will probably never be a thing, especially in this day and age — it’s not the ’90s and it’s not just Gabby and Xena anymore. If you want my support, give me something real.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, queerbaiting is a tactic that TV shows and movies have used to draw in queer audiences by using subtext and hinting at a queer romance without any intentions to ever follow through on it.
Despite that, neither of these shows has given any indication they plan on following through with the romanticization of the relationships in question.
And while they shouldn’t have to acquiesce to every fan ship out there, if the relationship works in the storyline and the characters have chemistry, why wouldn’t they?
Emma and Regina don’t ogle and grope each other, they don’t lie in bed together and tell each other how much they love each other.
But that doesn’t mean that Once Upon a Time isn’t queerbaiting.
Their rivalry over Henry makes sense and it’s understandable that Henry wants to be a family with both his moms.
The kind of family that has two moms is…well, it’s a lesbian family and that’s probably part of what is attracting fans to the Swan Queen fandom. But it’s still a thing on screen, and it’s a tactic that Once Upon a Time is arguably employing when it comes to Swan Queen.If the characters are telling you they are queer, make them queer.If they are straight, leave them straight and cut out the subtext.The very premise on which Emma and Regina’s relationship is based is a storyline straight out of The L Word: Henry is Regina’s adopted son and Emma’s biological son.Right away, the two women hate each other as they rival for Henry’s affection, not unlike a pair of divorced lesbian moms.These shows are all commercial blockbusters which proves that audiences enjoy stories that include lesbian relationships.