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Bisexuality and Disability in Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra

by Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Tue, Mar 30, 2021

12 PM – 1 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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On December 19, 2014, the last episode of Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra showed Korra, the young Avatar able to bend all four elements, and the nonbender Asami holding hands and smiling into the other’s eyes, similar to the final moments between the main romantic couple of the prequel series. One of the creators, Bryan Konietzko, writes in a blog post about roadblocks he and his co-creator faced pursuing the ending they wanted: “We approached the network and while they were supportive there was a limit to how far we could go with it.” Despite its faults, Korra and Asami’s relationship was revolutionary not only in its depiction of a same-sex bisexual relationship, but also for the show’s portrayals of disability.

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