The lesbian internet is going wild over the idea of a Zendaya and Anya Taylor-Joy lesbian period drama.
If there’s one universal truth, it’s that women look hot as hell in armor. If there’s another, it’s that queer women will always be on the lookout for new lesbian content.
Author Tiffany Summer was the first person to tweet about the idea, saying “This is the lesbian period drama we deserve” in a tweet with pictures of Zendaya and Taylor-Joy at the 2018 Met Gala, where the theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”
Zendaya wore a dress of armor inspired by depictions of Joan of Arc, while Taylor-Joy was looking radiant in gold.
Perhaps these two talented actresses could play young queens from rival kingdoms who have to form an unlikely bond after one of their nations is attacked. Only then do they discover there’s something deeper to their connection.
Both actresses have recently played queer characters, with Zendaya portraying Rue in HBO’s Euphoria, for which she won an Emmy. In this year’s Netflix smash hit The Queen’s Gambit, Taylor-Joy plays a young chess master who sleeps with a French woman in one episode.
While some queer women where excited at the prospect, others pointed out that lesbian media is rife with pairings exactly like this — thin, femme, and played by straight actors. Others noted that whenever there’s a mixed-race couple in media, one always has to be white, another trope that was old before it started.
Some are also getting tired of the slow-burning period romances that seemed to make up the bulk of lesbian films and TV series in recent years. After Carol, The Favourite, Ammonite, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and Gentleman Jack, the genre is getting a little bloated.
Please, Hollywood, give us more lesbian stories!
Update: The author of the original tweet has added another tweet, saying "actually what i want more than anything is for Black women especially darker skinned Black women to have swords and romance stories in which they can be strong and not killed off as plot devices." Amen to that.