It’s A Sin creator Russell T. Davies has criticised Loki for its “pathetic” scene revealing that the title character is bisexual.
The revelation was confirmed during a conversation between Tom Hiddleston’s character and Lady Loki, who also goes by Sylvie in the third episode, while the pair discuss their dating history.
Sylvie says: “Must’ve been would-be princess or perhaps, another prince?” to which Loki replies, “a bit of both, I suspect the same as you”, implying he has had both male and female partners in the past.
Commenting on the scene, Davies said during a recent panel on the state of queer representation in television (per IndieWire): “I think huge, clanging warning bells are ringing as the giants rise up with Netflix and Disney Plus especially.
“I think that’s a very great worry. Loki makes one reference to being bisexual once, and everyone’s like, ‘Oh my god, it’s like a pansexual show.’ It’s like one word. He said the word ‘prince,’ and we’re meant to go, ‘Thank you, Disney! Aren’t you marvelous?’
“It’s pathetic. It’s a ridiculous, craven, feeble gesture towards the vital politics and the stories that should be told.”
Describing the show’s step forward with the third episode, NME‘s Paul Bradshaw wrote: “Already talked about in press interviews leading up to the show’s release, it’s great to see something so momentous (and so long overdue) handled in such a casual way, with all credit to Hiddleston’s perfect delivery and director Kate Herron’s smart use of blue and pink lighting.”
Loki is now streaming on Disney+.