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The Acolyte Showrunner Responds To Those Saying The Show Is About Lesbian Witches

The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland responds to views saying the show is all about lesbian Witches. Let's see what was said!

I’m not sure why she chose to engage, but The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland responds to views saying the show is all about lesbian Witches. Headland herself kinda targeted this show ahead of time by declaring it the gayest Star Wars to date. Yet, given those appearing in the show in front of or behind the camera, I think that’s where Headland was aiming at with the claim.

Speaking to THR, Headland insist that claims the show is all about lesbian Witches are just not true. The Acolyte may feature a group of female only Force using Witches. However, Headland says the intention was not to have them viewed as a group of lesbians, but just a matriarchal group.

“They’re in a matriarchal society. As a gay woman, I knew it would read that their sexuality is queer, but there also aren’t any men in their community,” she explains. “So a closeness between the two of them would be natural. It seemed plot-driven.” She adds: “I would say it’s really reductive to call them lesbians. I think it means you’re not really paying attention to this story.”

“I don’t believe that I’ve created queer, with a capital Q, content.”

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Yet, Headland has no intention to try and de-Queer the show in anyone’s eyes.

“I’m proud of being a gay woman who’s accomplished this feat, and certainly, if my content is called queer, I don’t want to disown whatever queerness is in the show. I would be proud to create something that inspired queer people,” states Headland.

When it comes to the gayness factor of any show, I don’t feel like I have a stake. I simply watch these shows and judge them based on my own critique as a story. So far, whilst I don’t hate it as much as my colleagues, The Acolyte has a lot to do to win me over. I find myself not excited at all to check it out each Wednesday. It could improve, but it could also not? I won’t be reviewing any more Star Wars series on an episode by episode basis though. I’ve found it much more productive to review them as entire seasons. I’ll judge The Acolyte after the series finale.

However, let us know what you think of her comments as The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland responds to views saying the show is all about lesbian Witches? Thoughts below as per usual.

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