I have one demand for Shonda Rhimes: Make Eloise Bridgerton gay


Could Eloise Bridgerton be gay? (Picture: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX)

Dearest reader, Bridgerton season three is finally upon us and there’s one happy ending I am raring to see: Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) living her best sapphic life. 

If there is one thing I have thought while watching the first two wildly successful seasons of the acclaimed Netflix series, it’s this: Where on earth are all the gays?

Based on the bestselling novels by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton has stormed the globe with each season following the Regency era love story of one sibling from the Bridgerton clan (of which there are eight) as they stumble their way to wedded bliss.   

The Shonda Rhimes-helmed adaptation – known for its steamy sex scenes and immaculate romantic chemistry – saw diamond of the season, Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), strike up a fiery romance with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) in season one. 

While in season two the audience swooned over the charged enemies to forbidden lovers plot between Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) and the dashing Viscount (Jonathan Bailey) who was otherwise engaged to Kate’s sister, Edwina (Charithra Chandran). 

Now season three will see fraught friends Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin (Luke Newton) – aka Polin – discover that true love was right under their nose this whole time. 

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Bridgerton’s trademark is undoubtedly its racially diverse casting. From the very beginning, the Shondaland production took a sharp departure from the novels by creating an alternate universe in which Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) paves the way for those of all backgrounds to join high society. 

Yet in a world where racism is (largely) removed as a barrier to climb the ranks of the Ton, I have to ask why diversity is still lacking in other ways. Why is the show so heteronormative?

The first season was accused by some of queerbaiting after teasing gay sex in the trailer, and hinting Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson) may be queer, only to entirely abandon this thread during the actual show. 

But it can salvage its reputation as a forward-looking, subversive, historical drama through Eloise. 

The younger Bridgerton sibling is full of gumption, passionate about women’s rights and (until now) has been a devoted friend to Penelope above all others. 

Frankly, as someone from the community, I can say that she possesses all the trademark lesbian characteristics.

(L to R) Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, and Luke Thomspon as Benedict Bridgerton (Picture: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX)

And her appalled looks at the thought of dancing with men, rage at Penelope’s deep betrayal when she uncovers her as Lady Whistledown, and sheer determination to carve out a life for herself, damned the consequences, all lay the perfect groundwork for a sapphic arc. 

Claudia has previously addressed the fact some fans see Eloise as a ‘queer spirit’ by saying she finds it ‘interesting’. 

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Source:: Metro


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