Feature Film Love, Simon (2018) as a Gay Manifesto in Cinema on School Theme

6 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2018

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Alexander Fedorov

Rostov State Univesity of Econimics; Taganrog State Pedagogical Institute

Date Written: June 12, 2018


In the course of the analysis of the audiovisual media text, the author draws the following conclusions: 1) Western media took several decades to legalize non-traditional sexual orientations in general and in the school environment, in particular; 2) comedy drama Love, Simon (2018) is the pioneer film produced by a major Hollywood studio, featuring a gay protagonist being an underage school student; 3) homosexuality of the protagonist is presented by the film authors with the maximum degree of attractiveness for the audience (the synthesis of genres of comedy and melodrama, a charismatic performance, storyline following the key recipes of the most popular films on the school theme of the past), which provided impressive box office success; 4) the positive feedback of the American media critics on the film illustrates that political correctness of the Western society now extends not only to a tolerant attitude towards homosexuality among adults, but also among schoolchildren: this is eloquently expressed by the low age rating assigned to this the film (PG13); 5) the film Love, Simon contains signs of propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation among minors, which formally falls under the Russian law No. 135-FZ (2013).

Keywords: film, school theme, student, media, media text, cinema, USA

Suggested Citation

Fedorov, Alexander, Feature Film Love, Simon (2018) as a Gay Manifesto in Cinema on School Theme (June 12, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3194443 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3194443

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