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Is Your Favorite TV Show Queerbaiting You?

Is the dream alive or nah? Queerbaiting is when TV writers and producers "add homoerotic tension between two characters" to attract queer viewers with no real intention of following through on the hints of a queer romance.

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For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the term:

And it's something that most TV fans and critics are really sick of.

So let's go on this horrible journey together and find out whether your favorite show is guilty of profiting off of its fans' identities without actually supporting them.

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    Does your show have two characters of the same gender?
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    Do they banter?
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    Do they eye-sex when they banter?
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    Do they flirt in inappropriate situations?
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    Is one of those inappropriate situations in front of their current hetero crush?
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    Do the hetero crushes/relationships never last beyond a single story arc?
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    Do the hetero crushes/relationships also not have any significant onscreen presence?
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    Do they often break off their hetero relationships because the work they do together is too important to stop in the name of love?
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    Do they fight a lot while also implying that they fight because they're so important to each other?
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    Do they have emotional "I'm sorry" (even if they never say those words) scenes?
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    Is there constant casual touching?
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    Especially after said fights?
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    Do the other characters make jokes about their inherent queerness and the fact that they are meant to be?
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    No seriously, do all the other characters ship them?
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    Do they often "accidentally" end up in romantic scenarios?
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    Is the show constantly saying, "It's not what it looks like"?
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    While constantly reinforcing the idea that that particular relationship is the most important one on the show?
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    Are the writers/producers aware that fandom ships it?
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    Do they talk about it constantly in interviews/cons/social media?
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    But avoid confirming anyone's sexuality?
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    And toss out the word "fanservice" like they're doing you a favor?
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    But have never genuinely answered the question, "Why couldn't these characters be queer for each other?"
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    Or noted that sexuality is fluid and myraid?
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    Have they ever hinted that the pairing might actually move from subtext to text?
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    BUT IT'S BEEN SEASONS AND YOUR OTP STILL HASN'T KISSED?!?!

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