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In this trailer for Lifetime’s remake of the movie Beaches – a movie I’ve never seen and don’t know the plot to and please don’t tell me anything about it because if I’m being honest I’m probably never going to watch it and that’s just my prerogative – Nia Long and Idina Menzel play a couple, and it’s not illegal, yet, to think that.
It’s completely legal to assume from this minute and half long teaser that seems to intentionally toe the line in obscuring the nature of their relationship that these two beautiful, talented actors depict two women whose lifelong friendship turns into a love affair. How lucky that I’m perfectly within my right as a citizen to disregard the original plot of a movie that’s been out for 28 years and choose to instead interpret their connection as romantic and not platonic. What a just world we live in, that I can go on thinking for the rest of my life that Lifetime put out a movie where a woman whose face I enjoyed staring at in Friday and a woman who is forever immortalized by John Travolta spend 50 blissful years together as a committed same-sex pair that raises a child together. What a testament to the human spirit and quite frankly our judicial system that I’m able to blow past accepted social norms between friends and assert my truth that in this trailer when Nia Long and Idina Menzel lie in each other’s beds, catch each other’s eyes from across the room, kiss on the cheek, hug, and cradle each other on the floor, it’s because they are gay girlfriends.
If this kind of freedom inspires you, too, join me on January 21th, 2017, 8/7c, when Lifetime airs for the very first time this story of two women in love.