At the premiere of New Moon last night, there were screams of "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob," but I was the only one thinking "Team Bella." To be more accurate, I'm more Team Kristen Stewart — I didn't like the movie too much, and appreciate the actress's other work a little more, as she seems to do herself.
What I can't wait for is Kristen's turn as Joan Jett in The Runaways, a film about the first ever mainstream all-female rock band. I have faith that she'll do it convincingly, as she's spent a lot of time with the lesbian legend in preparation.
Kristen's New Moon co-star Dakota Fanning plays Cherie Curie in the biopic, and she told the press that there is a "passionate" make-out scene between the two young actresses in the film:
" They're best friends in the film and became really close in real life. And that's something that went down back in the '70s."
Ahh yes, the '70s — two decades before Dakota was born! Still, I'm hopeful that this won't get blown out of proportion, and not just because it could be like every other "lesbian kiss" done in film and on TV. I'm mostly worried that the make-out will be focused on rather than the talent and trials of the women that were The Runaways. Joan's sexuality has always been relatively acknowledged as a non-issue, though we were happy to claim her as one of us when she began rocking guitars with "DYKE" stickers and writing explicitly Sapphic songs.
The problem with the "lesbian kiss" is not only that it can sometimes be gratuitous (although I assume in this case it is not), but that it can take away from an otherwise interesting film. It can be a distraction, and not so much for us gay women, but for others who see the film, perhaps only because it is Bella kissing that chick from The Secret Life of Bees.
This just recently happened with Jennifer's Body, which I referenced in my last post about Megan Fox. However, a film about The Runaways deserves a lot more attention and ticket sales, in my opinion, and I'm just glad they didn't degay Joan. I'm looking forward to seeing the film, in its entirety.