I’ve never been to a movie, where everyone clapped and cheered as the credits rolled. That, is until today. Today, I went to see Love, Simon.
If you don’t know the film, allow me to enlighten you. It would be my pleasure.
Aside from an absolutely killer soundtrack curated by boy-wonder magic producer Jack Antonoff, Love, Simon has made history as the first major motion picture to feature a main character who’s gay.
The whole point of the movie is his journey to accept himself for who he is and to feel comfortable enough in his own skin to be that person around those he loves and just in every aspect of his life.
I don’t know if I’ve made this clear before on here or not and if I haven’t I’m so sorry. But this blog is a safe space. All who believe in tolerance, equality and the freedom to be who you are without fear of persecution are welcome here. I believe deeply that love, no matter a person’s biological identity is one of if not the most powerful thing we as humans can experience and give in our lifetime. The idea that certain people should be denied that, because of who they love is abhorrent to me.
I despise labels. The boxes that society tells us we have to try and fit in so the anal-retentive parts of our brain can apparently cope with the world. Well, guess what? People aren’t one-dimensional. We don’t fit in boxes. We can be so many things at once and every one of them is OK.
I cried a bunch of times during this movie, much to the amusement of the person I was with. One of the reasons I cried was out of sheer happiness that this much-needed representation was finally happening. It’s beautiful to know that while the world has got a long way to go, we’ve made some really important, long-overdue progress. Maybe one day, we’ll live in a world where I won’t have to write a blog post about this because it’ll be so damn normal. We definitely won’t be seeing headlines like this one
There’s a line in the movie that hit me harder than any other; “You get to exhale now.” This line, without spoiling anything refers to what is allowed to happen when you’re given room to be yourself. You don’t have to hold your breath. Be fiercely and unapologetically you. We’ll get there, all of us.
It’s because of this line that I recommend everyone, no matter if you have ties to the LGBTQIA+ community or not goes to see this film. We all have parts of ourselves we’re too scared to show, we hold our breath, worried about what other people will think even if it’s subconscious.
If you need permission, I’m giving to you now.
Let’s enjoy being ourselves. Let’s accept and love and be kind and fill the world with the brightest soul colour we can. Tell everyone you know
YOU CAN EXHALE.
Love to all and here if you need me