Director Confirms Pansexual Deadpool For Upcoming Movie

Director Confirms Pansexual Deadpool For Upcoming Movie

The superhero's upcoming film will mark a unique occasion: an openly pansexual lead in a major motion picture.

On Nov. 3, 2015, the website "Collider," published an interview with "Deadpool" director Tim Miller, and questioned Miller about the "tantalizing fireside photo" of Deadpool that was recently released. The site wondered whether the character would be "a very hyper-sexualized Deadpool."

"Pansexual," Miller answered. "I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool."

This makes Deadpool Marvel's first non-heterosexual lead in a movie and the first openly pansexual lead in a superhero film. In the past, Marvel Studios, DC films and other popular franchises have lacked LGBTQ leading characters, which is problematic since these films are in high demand.

"Given the global popularity of genre films like comic-book adaptations and action franchises," GLAAD reports, "these films must become more diverse and inclusive."

It isn't just popular franchises that have a problem with LGBTQ representation though: Hollywood has a tendency to underrepresent and misrepresent LGBTQ people. In 2013, out of 102 films from several major studios, only 17 films included lesbian, gay or bisexual characters. To add insult to injury, most of these characters were minor and their representation was found to be "outright defamatory."

"The lack of substantial LGBT characters in mainstream film," Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD CEO and president, says, "in addition of outdated humor and stereotypes, suggests large Hollywood studios may be doing more harm than good when it comes to worldwide understanding of the LGBT community."

The Critical Media Project brings up the importance of having diverse representation and why it is harmful to limit representation to stereotypes. "It's important to consider the number of LGBT characters in the media," The Critical Media Project says, "but also how they are represented. When we see the same representation over and over, we start to internalize them and take them for granted."

The group also points out that many of the messages we receive about sexuality are transmitted through the media, and the media is a key player in our understanding of what sexual orientation is to our identities, social institutions and everyday lives.

As a pansexual woman who has been personally impacted by media representation, I will vouch for their claim.

Pansexuality, to me, is sexual attraction to people regardless of their sex or gender, and, as the Oxford Dictionaries put it, pansexuality is "not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender or gender identity." While I know what pansexuality is now, for a long time, I didn't. While heterosexual representation dominates media, I have rarely seen any pansexual representation, so growing up I had no one to relate to.

That changed when I watched "Torchwood." The lead character, Captain Jack Harkness, was openly attracted to all genders, and when I saw a character I could identify with, I felt enlightenment and relief.

On top of that, his sexuality didn't define him. He was multidimensional, relatable and humorous, but his sexual orientation was never the butt of the joke.

Representation like that made me feel more confident in my sexuality, and yet there is little of it in film. Even when LGBTQ representation is included, the focus is primarily on gay men.

Of the 17 inclusive films analyzed in 2013, 64.7 percent of them featured gay male characters, 23.5 percent featured lesbian characters, 17.7 percent had bisexual characters and 11.8 percent contained transgender female characters.

To have Deadpool portrayed as a pansexual man is a huge step forward from the limited representation of the LGBTQ community within film; however, it's not too much of a surprise. Prior to the film, Deadpool has been depicted as pansexual within his comics.

"[Deadpool] is NO sex and ALL sexes," Fabian Nicieza, co-creator of "Deadpool," says. "He is yours and everyone else's. So not dismissive, but rather the epitome of inclusive."

Go through the Deadpool comics, and you'll see his sexuality is fluid and unrestricted when it comes to gender, and he is confirmed as pansexual.

So, while Deadpool has already been established as pansexual in the comic verse, including his sexuality within the film is a momentous step. Not only will he represent an underrepresented minority, but he will also show that LGBTQ members, specifically pansexuals, are more than just their sexuality.

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Dear World,

I wonder what goes through your mind. You’re scared of what you’ve become. You don’t know what to expect tomorrow but I don't either. Every day I need a suit of armor to save myself from what I could never guess. The suit of armor has molded itself to my skin and I have become so numb and desensitized.

Dear World, was this your way of protecting me? Because I don’t think it worked. Growing up, a thousand people, a thousand messages, telling me who to be, what to believe, how to act. This suit of armor you made for me can’t stop everything.

It’s not easy growing up. I have seen marriages split, friends disappear, wars started. I have seen people killed. I have seen homes destroyed.

But somehow, through it all, you have shown me that love is the answer. Maybe that is what the suit of armor you gave me is made out of. Love. Maybe you were protecting me with love.

Dear World, I’m ready to be the change. You’ve showed me that I am strong enough, I am able enough. All I need is to live my life the way I am supposed to. I realize that now you are made up of love. How many people can live with you and still feel alone? Still long for hope?

I am the voice of the people who cannot speak for themselves. I am the light in the darkness. I am the world. The world is me. We are love.

Dear World.

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To The Person At USC Who Called Me A 'Stupid Monkey'

You didn't put your name on your flyers, but I want you to hear my message too.

"DUMB BLACK ASSES."

"YOU STUPID MONKEYS."

These are the words that somebody at the University of South Carolina were met with on their first day of classes, which also happened to be the after Martin Luther King Day. I’m not going to waste anyone’s time explaining why these phases are offensive, nor am I going to go into detail about my opinions on racism and using derogatory phrases to describe groups of people. If you don’t understand why racism is wrong, based on everything you’ve ever learned about it up until this point, I want to get personal with you and try to bring about that understanding.

I would like to write an open letter to whoever posted these flyers on our campus and to anyone who may feel the same way as that person. For your understanding, I will be substituting the words “African-American” with the phrase “stupid monkey” (since the word monkey to describe those of African-American descent has been used so often recently).

* * *

To Whom It May Concern:

I want to start by introducing myself. My name is Madison Hilliard and I am a student at the University of South Carolina. I am of mixed race. My beautiful mother is white and my equally beautiful father is a stupid monkey. I was raised in a mixed family household so my two older brothers, my older sister, and my father’s entire family is filled with many stupid monkeys. Family matters; but, you obviously know this because those who come from families of stupid monkeys matter to you so much that you needed to post it for all to see.

You care about stupid monkeys a lot; it seems like you have thought about them in depth recently. You went out of your way to try and hurt stupid monkeys and everyone else with family, loved ones, and acquaintances who are stupid monkeys by using such strong language.

If you cannot tell by now, your words don’t bother me; your hate does. I don’t know who taught you hate but you were taught it in the capacity of racism. Hate outdates racism and any other offensive derogatory names you want to call my family, my friends, and myself.

I’m sure you’ve been told that racism is wrong, a lesson of which you ignored, but I am here to tell you that hate is what is really wrong. I want to offer you my compassion, to show my love for you as a human, rather than showing you the same hate that you have shown me and everyone else offended by your words.

I want to point out how we are similar. I am a student at the University of South Carolina too. I am here to learn and hopefully have a degree someday too. Like you, I also feel as if I should be able to voice my opinions to everyone. I’m human just like you!

The difference between us is that I want to spread a message of love not hate. I’m so sure that love is right that I’m willing to put my name on this article. You seem slightly unsure, considering you have not identified yourself or taken credit for your words.

In truth, I would rather be called a stupid monkey and a dumb black ass than hateful any day. I refuse to give your words any power, just as anyone else who loves all the black monkeys in their lives should too.

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So here I am, posting my opinion on you and your choices, for the entire university and world to see. Your racist remarks are a direct byproduct of your mentality to hate. I used your words in replacement for mine because your hate offended me, not your words (which I know you were hoping would hurt me and everyone else a lot). In conclusion, I hope you find a love like my family and friends of all races have taught me.

In hopes that anyone reading this has learned anything and not understood what I am saying:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." — Martin Luther King Jr.
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