When Dorothy and Ruby (Red Riding Hood) locked eyes, I knew something spicy was brewing, but I just couldn’t believe that Once Upon a Time was going to go THERE –to the place of reality where lesbians actually exist– in the middle of a romantic fantasy TV show where every one of the 305 relationships before were extremely heterosexual.
Of course, Once Upon a Time couldn’t break too many patterns within one story arc. So naturally, Dorothy fell under a sleeping curse…like 87 other characters have been throughout this long-winded ass, never-ending story-ass show (not that I’m mad, I’m just saying that it’s long as hell). The first person they thought of was Dorothy’s aunt, but because of the evil Lord of the Underworld, Hades, Dorothy’s Auntie could not come to her rescue with true love’s kiss (through magical, and impossible by reality’s standards means).
Things were looking hella fucking dire for dear old Dorothy, who would sleep forever unless they could find someone who truly loved her… until our favorite wolf-girl came through clutch with her ruby-red lips to perk up the sleeping Dorothy with a sweet, yet surprising kiss.
Now, while I appreciated this 20 seconds of queer love, I’m going to bitch about why there are literally 20 other couples in this series and they are the only ones who aren’t heterosexual. In fact, Ruby isn’t a lesbian, she’s bisexual as she did have a boyfriend several seasons ago who died in a most tragic way that she also loved. There was no elaboration within the TV series to suggest that Ruby had not truly loved her boyfriend nor that she was not still attracted to men.
Although I still believe that the development of this relationship was far too short, especially for a TV show like Once Upon a Time that is basically a fantasy and romantic epic that develops multiple relationships over long periods of time and across ten and twelve or so episodes, I guess I will have to accept that Little Red Riding Hood was not a main character of Once Upon a Time, and therefore would not receive the same amount of screen time as some of the more important characters.
My hope for the future is that we will get to see more Disney-style love stories featuring queer couples who are given the same amount of screen time and development as heterosexual couples have always received. Perhaps soon Disney will even give us an animated film with lesbian princesses.