Okay, so I know it's been a while since this movie came out, but after reading some of the comments on this film, I felt like offering my own two cents. I came to the reviews section expecting many positive comments about the representation in the film, particularly the two same-sex couples at the end. However, I was faced with mostly negativity. Though I am merely a teenager, I was deeply hurt by what I was reading. Here's why.
I am part of the LGBTQ+ community, a pansexual and cisgender female to be exact, (enter collective conservative gasp), and I have a girlfriend. In the case I were to marry someone of the same sex (hopefully her, as I love her very much, but that's not the point here), I do plan to adopt children. Now the three main arguments I have seen here against the final scene in Storks are 1) THE CHILDREN!!! HOW WILL YOU EXPLAIN THIS TO THE CHILDREN!!! 2) This movie does not respect me/my beliefs/my religion and finally, 3) Did this movie really need to address this issue/ did same sex couples really need to be represented. Allow me to respectfully address against all three of these concerns that some parents have had.
1) How on earth will we explain this to our children? It's not that hard, really. Storytime: My brother is 9 currently but when I came out he was 7-ish and he fully understood when I told him that I could like anyone I wanted, regardless of whether they were a boy/girl/other. He knows I have a girlfriend and frankly, doesn't care. It really isn't that difficult to explain to your child that people can love whoever they want, and they had no choice in the decision of who they love. Love transcends gender, and in the end, who we love shouldn't come down to their sexual organs, for it is quite superficial. Another point I would like to bring up is the case in which same sex couples adopt children. Do you expect us to tell our children, "oh yes, mommy/daddy and i are just sisters/brothers/friends"? That's ridiculous, to be frank. Say I (who am of Indian descent) were to marry my girlfriend (who is of Chinese descent, and looks nothing like me) and adopt a child. There is no way, as our child grows up, that we can keep up the "we're siblings" excuse, unless we include the fact that one or both of us were adopted. That sounds a bit too complicated, don't you think? Therefore, it isn't that hard to explain to your child that not all families consist of a male and female, and people can love whoever they chose to.
2) But this movie does not respect me/my beliefs/my religion? I'm sorry, but I do not know how to address the "respect me/my beliefs" part. However, I can address the issue of religion. Now, I'm only going to bring up the Christianity/Bible aspect, because the only two religions I am quite familiar with are Hinduism (the religion that I was brought up with, which makes no mention of homosexuality being wrong or immoral) and Christianity. Now, I am aware that the Bible looks down upon homosexuality, but if I am not mistaken, it also says, "love thy neighbor", and also includes many other rules banning seafood and other such things that some/many Christians do regularly. Please explain to me how you can break these rules, but all of a sudden, when it comes to sexuality, you expect everyone, even non- Christians (let's be real, some of us have been guilty of assuming religion at one point or another), to follow this rule. This is absurd in my opinion.
3) Why do they need representation? Okay, pride month just ended and oH my goDs so many heterosexual people have been asking why there isn't a straight pride month. Now, here's why I'm against it. Every month is straight pride month. We live in a hetero normative society. Heterosexual cisgender white people are mostly what you see in the media these days. Though you see some representation of POC and people of different sexualities and genders, it's still really rare. Growing up and even now, I find it very hard to see someone in the media who is exactly like me, or even similar to me. You already have your representation, it's not that hard to find. Look around you. I applaud this movie for including LGBTQ+ representation, because you almost never see it, especially in a way where it is normalized.
In the end, same-sex couples are actually more or less like heterosexual couples. We do the same things you do- we go on dates, some of us are comfortable with PDA while some of us aren't, we fight, we enjoy giving each other compliments and gifts and such, we binge watch Netflix, we like to engage in ~adult~ activities, and sometimes we like doing absolutely nothing together. I don't see why we should be seen as taboo/weird/inappropriate, especially in such a forward-thinking world.
Thank you for reading this and I hope you have a lovely day.