Of course, he’s dead on. For those who don’t know, the creators heavily (from what I heard VERY heavily) implied a lesbian relationship between the title character and a major supporting character. Then, after the episode aired, they came out and confirmed the relationship.
Wright’s summation of the whole thing is accurate (basically that the creators are evil and should be ashamed of themselves). To his words I add this:
I loved “The Last Airbender”. It should go down as one of the great Western cartoons of all time. The characters were relateable, the story epic in scale, and the general writing quality superb. Zuko alone is quite possibly the best example of the fallen Prince archetype I’ve ever seen. The male characters had masculine roles, the female characters had feminine roles, and none had unimportant roles. It was a brilliant show.
“Korra” was not. I stopped watching it after a poorly written season one. I heard it greatly improved after season two. I wouldn’t know and am not interested in finding out. This is because of the character of Korra.
From the start it was clear that Korra was meant to be a man. Oh, she dated guys early on. That’s besides the point. Korra was a masculine woman.
I know what they were trying to do. “The Last Airbender” was about Aang, already a master spiritualist (to coin a phrase), learning the physical tasks of bending. So Korra is a master at the physical aspects of bending and needs to master the spiritual.
That’s fine. The difference is that Aang’s lack of physical skill is not connected to lack of masculinity, at least in a noteworthy sense. It’s because Aang is twelve and never left the Air Kingdom. Korra is a teenager, and Korra’s problem isn’t because of age. It’s because Korra is masculine.
And the problem is not solved by her becoming more feminine, which would be good character development. The problem is solved because…there wasn’t a very good reason. Her other powers are removed and she can suddenly air bend? It wasn’t well done.
The point is that the problem was solved with Korra still able to be masculine. And there was no masculine man around either, or at least no dominant man. There was no male who had a personality more dominant than Korra’s. So Korra remained the alpha male of the series. She was the leader by virtue of her masculinity. My understanding is that, though her character underwent intense development, this did not change.
The writing was on the wall from season one. I’m not surprised her character took this arc. Or rather, almost did. Instead of making a real statement her creators cravenly left her final relationship open to “interpretation”, then retroactively proclaimed that Korra was lesbian all along. They were too chickenshit to even make it explicit in the series. They don’t even have the virtue of misguided moral fortitude to save them. What they did was deplorable in every sense.
So I’m not surprised the show ended the way it did. I’m only surprised that conservatives didn’t see it coming sooner.