You'd be hard pressed to find someone who loves Christmas more than I do. I'm...extremely enthusiastic, to say the least. So it should come as no surprise that I'm a loyal (obsessive) Hallmark movie fan.
But even though I watch Hallmark's holiday slate twice every year (shoutout to all my Christmas in July peeps!), I'll be the first to admit that its movies are extremely lacking in diversity. In fact, it wasn't until 2018, when the channel cast its first Black female leads, that I ever saw myself reflected in one of Hallmark's films.
Nine movies featuring Black leads have aired in the Countdown to Christmas slate to date, which is a marked improvement but still leaves much to be desired, particularly movies featuring other POC and LGBTQ leads.
Earlier this week, Hallmark revealed 18 of the movies in it upcoming 40-film holiday slate...none of which features a queer storyline (so far).
The announcement was quickly met with criticism:
Shortly after the backlash, Hallmark said in a statement that "diversity and inclusion is a top priority" and that it would be announcing "projects featuring LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors" in the coming months.
The news is long overdue, so let's hope Hallmark makes good on its promise. Until then, I'll be watching and waiting!