All we want for Christmas is a gay movie.
It’s time folks. We have hit December and it’s officially time to start getting into the Christmas spirit. Or perhaps, you’re one of the people who starts as soon as Halloween ends. No matter which group you belong to, there’s no denying that we are in the holiday/Christmas season. And with that, comes cheesy tv movies.
For decades now, the Hallmark tv channel has had a large monopoly on the tv Christmas movie. The channel has celebrated major traffic during the holiday season thanks to its commitment to creating holiday “classics.” That said, streaming platforms are trying to come for Hallmark with movies like Netflix’s A Christmas Prince or the Princess Switch or Disney+’s Noelle. But what can set Hallmark apart from the rest? A gay movie.
Despite being the go-to channel for Christmas films for decades, Hallmark has also been known for its fear of diversifying its stories. Frankly, Hallmark’s Christmas movies have continued to be about straight, white people. As The Wrap recently reports, all the 40 new festive films released by the channel are focused on straight romance for their leads. It’s time for a change.
This is a perspective that many Twitter users have expressed recently, as you can see below.
// they put out christmas movies every year, but that doesn't mean they're of any quality
— Jeremy O'Connell (@Scout_FromTF2) November 28, 2019
Give me my gay hallmark Christmas movie you cowards pic.twitter.com/G8iu3AECmM
— J.P. (@jmdklp) September 22, 2019
gonna spend the next month watching hallmark and lifetime christmas movies and pretending they’re gay
— 🏳️🌈¯_(ツ)_/¯🏳️🌈 (@nothsispatrice) November 27, 2019
all i want for christmas is a gay hallmark movie. @hallmarkchannel 😌
— slater (@222slater) November 27, 2019
But it wasn’t just everyday citizens on Twitter expressing these views. Even people in the entertainment industry expressed similar sentiments.
Meghan Hooper White, senior vice president of original co-productions and acquisitions for Lifetime, told The Wrap: “As Lifetime has a diverse group of people working behind the scenes, we’re always looking at the environments we create with our holiday movies to ensure they are reflective of the world we live in.
“We want to see ourselves. While we are proud of the great strides we have made in having many inclusive and diverse storylines … we can always continue to expand.”