If you have heard of Love, Simon, you are either in a country where it was released and you watched it or in a country where it was banned. If you are from the latter, you probably saw a column in the news where they announced in bold letters ‘Love, Simon was just banned in _____’. Love, Simon is a movie everybody was expecting a lot from and now that the makers, cast, and crew of the film delivered to those expectations, some countries have It banned.
The movie features the adorable Nick Robinson as Simon (as if that’s not reason enough to release the movie), a boy like any other teen except for this big secret that he is gay (the reason why some countries can’t have their theatres playing this movie). Based on a book by celebrated YA author Becky Albertelli, this book shows the sensitivity of coming out of a closet for an adolescent to own who they are. Although discussed in several books, this experience Is nothing a straight person can imagine understanding. Outsiders have judged gay and lesbian individuals for their preference and often hated them for it. For a straight person, the only thing this can be compared to is revealing something about yourself that leaves them standing in the spotlight to be judged, hated and shamed. Yet, for a straight person, all this would come from doing something wrong and for a gay individual, it’s for doing something as pure as loving. The message of the movie is to let everyone have the freedom to love who they want to and be loved in return.
Blue: Simon, have you told anyone?
Simon: No, I haven’t told anyone. Announcing who you are to the world is pretty terrifying.A Dialogue from Love, Simon
A movie such as Love, Simon has to perform well and one of the many reasons for that is so others don’t hesitate from making such movies. We NEED to have everyone – gay or straight, rich or poor, black or white, to watch Love, Simon for one simple reason – to understand that apart from their sexual preference, Simon or any other queer person is just like everyone else. And they deserve to spend their life with the one they love just as a straight person does. It is not something the government or the courts need to have a say in.
Love, Simon gives me hope for a time when it won’t have to be ‘coming out of the closet’ for a gay person. It would be just, plain falling in love, like it is for straight people – involving butterflies, mushy daydreams and hours of romantic songs on the iPod. Speaking from personal experience, knowing you love someone from the same sex and are queer brings crying in the shower, wondering if the stranger knows my secret and hates me and being bullied for most gay people today, including me. So, a start would be to not ban movies like Love, Simon but accept them and let the community accept them too.
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