Seblos makes Disney history by sharing her first kiss
It finally happened. Carlos and Sebastian (or Seblos) shared a cute little kiss in Lycée Musical The musical The series season 2, episode 5 titled “The Quinceañero”. Yes, to Seblos being part of media history!
OK. I was not a fan of Lycée Musical The musical The series when it premiered in November 2019. However, I’ve always kept an eye out for the budding romantic relationship between Sebastian (Joe Serafini) and Carlos (Frankie Rodriguez). And you know what? I was quite surprised at how the writers treated these two. As the straight characters embarked on a messy relationship drama, Seblos was treated very cute.
While some viewers have expressed concerns that Seblos is very superficial, I think HSMTMTS should be awarded points for showing a romantic relationship between two main gay characters (played by two openly gay actors). With the first season ending on a high note for Seblos, fans were disappointed how the two couldn’t kiss like their straight contemporaries over the course of the 10 episodes.
Well, things finally changed for the better in the second season of HSMTMTS, which premiered on the Disney + streaming service on May 14, 2021. In Episode 5, “The Quinceañero”, (available today), Seb and Gina gathered their friends to throw a memorable event for Carlos to celebrate its 16th anniversary. The episode showed how much of a wonderful person Carlos had been to his peers. It also featured a scene depicting Carlos’ bravery as a queer individual from a young age. He wants to be true to himself, even if that meant receiving hateful comments from others.
Seb revealing that the Instagram video a 12-year-old Carlos posted helped him grow up as a queer kid, linked to the importance of queer representation to many around the world. You might not understand the deal with people who want more well-written queer portrayal in the media. And it’s good. More power for you.
However, there are tons of young children (and even adults) who yearn for such a portrayal because it helps them feel seen. It gives them a sense of security and validation. It tells them that they are not alone and that things can get better.
Now, coming to the episode’s biggest moment, after Seb’s heartfelt performance for Carlos, the two have finally shared a little kiss.
This is a very important moment when it comes to Disney media, especially with Musical High School being a globally recognized brand. Allowing the two queer leads to portray their love for each other in this way is just great!
And yes, I was a little worried that we wouldn’t have a kiss scene from Seblos when Carlos first hugged his boyfriend after the performance. But the creative team came to give the fans what they were waiting for and that too during Pride Month. Seblos fans have already created GIFs of the kiss and are sharing their happiness online.
Fingers crossed, the kiss wasn’t a done deal, however. Time will tell us.
From what I know, the first kiss between two men and two women at a Disney property took place in season 2 episode 20b “Just Friends” of the animated series. Star Against the Dark Arts. However, these weird kisses were between background characters. So, seeing Seblos share one live is a big step.
Hoping that queer portrayal on the big screen, especially in the MCU (which already features queer comic book characters), catches up with what’s happening on the small screen. Apparently the next Eternals the film is said to have a homosexual representative (with Phastos being married to a guy and raising a child). But let’s see what is actually shown in the final cut.
Anyway, here is my reaction to the fifth episode!
Do you look at the comic chaos that is HSMTMTS? What did you think of the Seblos moment?
Please feel free to share your ideas with us.
Farid has a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime / manga, video games, and movies.
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