As I suspected, ‘explicitly gay’ = ‘seeeexxxxxx.’

Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) and Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) from the Crimes of Grindelwald (2018, Warner Bro.)

I admit, when director David Yates said that Dumbledore wouldn’t be ‘explicitly’ gay, my mind immediately conjured up a room of straight men imagining strip-drag shows and dramatic coming out stories and how those two options definitely don’t fit Albus Dumbledore, sage mentor of the Boy Who Lived.

Everything that was said in this feature just makes me believe that my impression was probably not too far from the truth.

What, truly, do straight people think is required for someone to be explicitly gay?

In this case, what they are doing, whether they directly say it or not, is boiling down Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship to the sex part of their sexuality. They couldn’t show too much, you see, because the sexual side isn’t what interests them in this story.

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