Just want to let you know that I found Jo, but I couldn’t find you, so… I lost him.
Just want to let you know that I found Jo, but I couldn’t find you, so… I lost him.
i’ve come back from the grave to say that i cannot fucking believe they had amber do that to yasmina when you just know she wouldn’t even dare to try that on kato, britt, zoe or luca.
how many cosy warm moments of yasmina with her parents do we have? none.
how many uncomfortable and cold moments portraying her parents as overly strict, difficult, overbearing, conservative, regressive muslims do we have? all of them.
i honestly do not think the writers for wtfock have any interest in properly exploring issues regarding queer people and religion. the way they had to include sobbe being physically assaulted in s3 and it literally adding nothing to robbe’s arc demonstrates that they use the pain queer people go through solely for the sake of amping up the drama. the isak/sana friendship played a big part in sana’s season, and to see robbe’s first appearance in yasmina’s season to be what that last clip was does not give me any hope in how the writers will attempt to answer the questions they have raised so far.
Idk why this always makes me so mad - probably because I am a religious queer and my sexuality and gender is very much tied up in my relationship with God - but it fucking KILLS me. That these showrunners really have no clue about theological or ethical debates in religious communities that have been happening for centuries nor seem invested in non-western cultural practices or beliefs regarding gender and sexuality that do not fit neatly in a European Christian binary nor do they seem to care about the fact that there are lgbtq+ religious communities and leaders that are thriving and pushing for both practical reforms and (re)interpretations of holy texts. But then they want to invoke conversations about this as if it’s irrefutably impossible to be queer and religious. Enough! ENOUGH!!!!!!
Listen I didn’t like this in the og either, but at least it was Sana who brought up being gay and Islam - clearly because she was angry/conflicted about her feeling towards Yousef and the rules - while Mama Bakkoush just looked at her, mystified as to why her daughter was going off
Here it’s very clear that Mama Ait Omar thinks queerness is a “Belgian value” that’s incompatible with Islam. That, along with Badr’s suicide and internalized homophobia - which I also, again, didn’t like from the og but at least could lowkey be understood though the lens of Even’s manic/depressive episodes - and Yasmina’s sanitized wink and a shrug moment in S3 when Robbe asked if anything is “new” in Islam has made all of this go from bad to worse
The writers either don’t get or they don’t care about the message that they’re putting out, which is that you cannot be queer and Muslim. And again, it’d be completely different if they treated Christianity in the same way and/or showed queer Muslims and a multifaceted take. But instead they’re reinforcing harmful and painful stereotypes that not only affect how non-Muslim youth view Islam, but how queer/questioning Muslim youth view themselves. This kind of irresponsible writing is what leads to Badrs in real life
Wtfock’s commitment to showcasing only Black and Muslim people are inherently homophobic is racist, periodt. And their continued emphasis on making these characters the mouthpieces for how queerness is ‘incompatible’ with marginalized religious and cultures is going to hurt a lot of young people and how they view themselves and their identities
alt er love week day 2: favourite couple - kieutou (duh)
something that keeps coming back to me whenever i think about kieu my and fatou, is how much they have both grown throughout the course of their relationship - how much they’ve grown together, and as individuals. and really, i think the key to this is that they keep reassuring and providing a safe space for each other, whilst also continuously challenging one another - pushing each other to change their set ways. i keep thinking about how through their relationship, they learn so much about themselves and they come out of their shells. thinking about when fatou said ‘you are good’ when kieu my admitted she feels the weight of all these expectations on her, and never thinks she is good enough. how kieu my said ‘it’s not bad, you’re just a little different’ and called fatou honest, confident, funny and brave when fatou felt less than, down and humiliated after the presentation, reminding her that she has so much to offer. how, at the museum, fatou listened to kieu my with such intent and wanted to know all about the anxieties plaguing her - giving kieu my a space to open up & feel heard and accepted in. how fatou was the first and only person kieu my let herself be see-through with. how kieu my was the first person that fatou really let her carefree and relaxed front slip in front of, let herself be lost, but also assertive and upfront. how they are both learning vulnerability through this relationship in different ways, and how they’ve both helped each other learn to confront problems head on instead of ignoring them. how they are both realising they are good enough the way that they are - neither too much nor too little. how fatou’s speech in aquarius was exactly what kieu my needed to hear, how it made her feel so appreciated and seen. how kieu my said ‘you can make yourself really heavy’ signaling that fatou can let go, open up, lean on her - something that she’s been struggling with all throughout the season, something she rarely lets herself do. i absolutely loved seeing how their connection & getting to know each other and really see each other has helped them grow in different ways and see things from a different perspective.
“Loud and clear.”
aaron has been nothing but a childish brat. amber essentially acts like when a parent has to force her five year old to apologize. this is even more frustrating because it’s clear amber isn’t even taking the time to break down to her brainless boyfriend why he needs to apologize for his behavior. if anything, she’s only doing it to diffuse tension between her and yasmina which makes me question whether she actually values yasmina’s feelings and/or if amber herself understands why aaron’s actions are problematic.
druck and skamfr s4 both were far from perfect, one was underdeveloped, the other was just putting their main through the absolute worst, but something that imo those two version so far have done better than wtfock is adapt yousana instead of copying it. don’t get me wrong, yasmina and younes have chemistry and are super cute but it also feels so very much like they weren’t inspired to adjust the story to fit new characters
like my favourite example is the different interpretations of the carrot scene:
- yousef basically teaches sana who happens to be very much disinterested and bad at cooking how to properly peel a carrot, its a beautiful introduction to how their dynamic doesn’t play into stereotypical gender roles and how neither seems to mind
- skamfr had sofiane catch imane during their shared hobby and shows how he is so very much infatuated; it ends with them working as a team folding the bed sheet which again shows a little different dynamic between them compared to yousana
- druck took this scene and showed a very different side of mohammed and amira’s dynamic, the lemon scene isn’t about mohammed teaching amira anything, he and amira team up against amira’s brother, it shows their playful and teasing side and at the same time the unconditional support
so yeah, this isn’t really a big complaint, so far I’m having an alright time with yasmina’s season, i really like her and younes a lot, they make me smile, but I can also just tell how indifferent the writers felt about yousana’s story compared to evaks and noorhells
and honestly, I’d rather have a cheap copy than wtfock fucking up the story even worse
younes has a certain softness to him that I love. of course yousef and all his remakes are gentle when they approach sana, but they have an intensity in their gaze. younes shows his intention a little differently but the spark is still so apparent. he gives me cuddly golden retriever vibes which works perfectly with yasmina idky it just does.
the clip is cute don’t get me wrong, but why wouldn’t they at least change the song or something? like, adapt it to something more….2021?
and ngl, when you copy a clip word for word like this, it really makes me feel like it’s low effort and you couldn’t even be bothered to come up with something new & creative…….