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Why netizens are buzzing over cliché teen romcom ‘Love, Simon’ featuring gay lead

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The trailer for “Love, Simon” seems like your average teen romcom: unrequited love, friendships and online dating.

The only difference is that the lead character hasn’t come out to his family or friends.

The coming-of-age story follows Simon, a 17-year-old boy in the closet who has an online crush—but doesn’t know the person’s identity.

It is exactly its ordinariness that has gotten netizens hyped up, especially those who belong to the LGBTQ community or are LGBTQ allies.

One explained that s/he enjoyed the trailer because it takes “what people think is unnatural and making it so easy, so real” and “normalizes” the experience of a gay teen.

Another pointed out that stories on same-sex relationships could be feel-good, too.

Others liked that for once, the gay character wasn’t a best friend on the sidelines.

A netizen hoped that it would be the beginning of a trend—and that romantic heterosexual stories are given a rest.

The movie also flipped the script on the whole anxiety of coming out, with characters coming out as heterosexual—to their parents’ shock:

The movie is an adaptation of the book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli.

It stars Nick Robinson (“Jurassic World”), Katherine Langford (“13 Reasons Why”), Alexandra Shipp (“X-Men: Apocalypse”), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”) and Keiynan Lonsdale (“The Flash”).

Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel play Simon’s parents.

The movie will be released in the US in March 2018. /ra

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