This was ad-libbed by the voice actor, Craig Ferguson and they chose to keep it in because they loved it. Kids won’t get it but adults will be thinking “did he just imply what I think he implied?”
And later the director confirmed it.
DeBlois revealed that, the reason Gobber never got married, is because he is homosexual. This makes him the first homosexual character of the franchise, and even DreamWorks itself.
This is the worst representation I’ve ever seen when will we actually get queer characters without having to deduce it from like 0.3 seconds of screen time and a vague hint
the worst? are we forgetting..
FUN STORY TIME: when I was younger and had figured myself out, I knew a few friends who I confided in regarding my sexuality. One of them told me not to tell her father because he was horribly homophobic. A few years later, after our friendship had grown enough to basically be brother and sister, she got into an argument with her father about homosexuality and accidentally outed me in the heat of the moment.
His initial reaction was anger, then surprise, and he said “Well how can he be gay? He’s never tried to hit on me” (because, you know, 13 year old kids love hitting on married 40-somethings who are also their friends fathers) but then he said “But he’s not a bad person”. He came to the realization that, in the time he had known me I did not conform to his negative view of homosexuality, and accepted me as his daughter’s friend and more importantly *as an individual*. My friend just recently got married to her now-wife, and he is in those wedding pictures, happy and proud.
If you can make a homophobic person REALLY LIKE A CHARACTER like Dumbledore or Gobber, and then have them find out later on that these characters do not conform to their ideas of homosexuality, one of two things happens:
1. They immediately switch gears and dislike the character on the basis that they are, in fact, homosexual
2. They continue to like the character and in the back of their minds they think “wow, this character doesn’t conform to my ideas of what homosexuality is at all. Maybe *I* have the wrong idea about homosexuality.”
That starts something. Like maybe, just MAYBE a character in a movie can have an impact on a real person’s thoughts. Will it change everyone’s ideas? no. Is this representation *perfect*? no. But is this a case of representation? YES.
You know what would be a lot worse than this in terms of representation? How about incredibly stereotypical homosexual characters who get thrown into a movie as a last ditch effort to have the film be ‘more inclusive’? Because that’s *exploitative representation* and it happens to way more groups than just homosexuals.