10 comments on “The Stupidity of Human Beings: Legend of Korra writer explains season 4’s ending scene (SPOILERS)

  1. “The reason why I am so angry is because Konietzko shipped Korra and Asami together for the sake of it, according to his Tumblr post.”
    Uhm… yeah. And so many other heterosexual couple that get shipoed for the sake of it.

    You do realize that the creator cannot openly show off same-sex relationship because it’s from kids show right? Maybe if it’s anime from Japan, they can show Korrasami kissed or fliriting, but nope. This is from American tb show. That’s the BEST they can do it without Korra being pulled form air.

    • You have completely misunderstood my post, or did you read it in its entirety?

      I am angry at the lack of proper build-up to their relationship. If it was intentionally left ambiguous — “Oh hey, I’m just going to show Korra and Asami holding hands for fun. Interpret it however you like.” — I wouldn’t have had any problems with it. This was the final episode of the entire series, so throwing a random monkey wrench just to keep fans gossiping would have been a great way for the series to go out.

      But now, the creator said that their relationship is official, and that there were many subtle development points in the past several seasons that led up to this moment. This is complete bullshit. Compare Korra and Asami with Varrick and Zhu Li. There is a huge difference. The latter one works because we get to SEE and actually FEEL their relationship develop. The former was a lightning bolt that came out of nowhere.

      The final episodes of Korra S3 were pulled from syndicated television because the Earth Queen was killed. Are you telling me that two girls kissing and showing affection is far worse than an on-screen murder? I don’t buy the argument that the series would have been pulled because of lesbian scenes.

      This is just lazy writing from a lazy writer.

    • You’re not doing your argument any favours with that kind of comment. I still stand by my opinion and have yet to see a valid counter-point against it. The show’s writer became lazy by pandering to the fandom and ended up ruining the character development of the show’s two signature heroines.

  2. “The reason why I am so angry is because Konietzko shipped Korra and Asami together for the sake of it, according to his Tumblr post.”

    Forgive me if I sound blunt, but you seem to have missed a few things from that tumblr post. He also says, “We did it for all our queer friends, family, and colleagues. It is long overdue that our media (including children’s media) stops treating non-heterosexual people as nonexistent, or as something merely to be mocked.” And there was also his belief that “Just because two characters of the same sex appear in the same story, it should not preclude the possibility of a romance between them. No, not everyone is queer, but the other side of that coin is that not everyone is straight.”

    To me, that doesn’t sound like he did it just “for the sake of it.”

    “My interpretation of their relationship so far was that of a platonic one. Two ladies in a male-dominated world who grew closer as sister-like friends to keep each other company, and to help support each other in times of trouble. It’s what normal platonic friends do.”

    I think I see where you’re coming from here. Before the finale, I would have argued that all of the “romantic” scenes between Korra and Asami could be interpreted as being either romantic or strictly platonic, but that they were intended to be platonic at the end of the day. Partly because I never imagined we would see an overt same-sex couple in a Nickelodeon show, and partly because I read somewhere that there wasn’t going to be a focus on romance in the last two seasons (I may have misread that).

    After the finale, I’d say that, while some scenes can still be interpreted either way, there are a few that are meant to be seen as romantic ones.

    “You tell me where the flying fuck did Korra and Asami’s romantic relationship develop in previous seasons? I have the Blu-rays for Book 1 and Book 2, and I’ll purchase Book 3 the moment it’s available on Amazon. SHOW ME the exact episode and the exact scenes where their romance develops.”

    I reckon the point where their romance started to develop, or first became apparent, was the scene after the battle with the Red Lotus in episode 13 of Book 3, where Asami’s helping Korra get ready for Jinora’s “promotion ceremony”. Asami holds Korra’s hand and says “I want you to know that I’m here for you. If you ever want to talk, or…anything”. Again, this scene can be interpreted as being strictly platonic if you so wish, but I say it was meant to be seen as romantic, if only due to the fact that hand-holding is typically treated as a romantic gesture in this universe.

    • I will need to rewatch the entire series first (paying attention to Korra + Asami this time) before I can post a fair reply, but thank you for trying.

  3. I just came by this article, to look for similar viewpoints about the subject, since I did finally manage to find time to finish the series. And for every word I read, it felt more and more as if someone read my mind and took it to pen and paper. All of it. As well as the standing on hetero-homo relationships, i support the same views as you, no disregard towards both genders.

    It is incredibly surreal, how this has not gotten more relativity on the net. Youtube vids, discussion, whatnot. It is so blatantly terrible writing for character, the show, given it’s concepts, is great at setting multiple characters in big similar goals and climax situations. But it gives ABSOLUTELY NO attention to fleshing out love interests, arcs and relationships. I think the closest we got, how little it was, is with Bolin and his relationship partners. And that’s fairly weak compared to what we are given in retrospect to korra and mako, even their short little arc had a bigger impact.

    I stand with you on the fact that stories know no boundaries, especially on love, it does NOT matter what sex the characters are, but if you leave their given relationship plot just a random mess of questions and answers-from-bullshit kind of deal, you deserve to be called out on it, as a writer and as an artist. It is just bad writing, it is bad storytelling.
    I am so glad I was not the only one who saw this and felt cheated LIKE this!
    Alas, I now have more backup for argument and debate when tackled with a discussion about this topic.

    Thank you for taking the time to write this (swears are fine, I feel expression in writing is absolutely fine, morally speaking for free speech, you have nothing to excuse yourself for about the use of swears in article ((:

    • I apologise for taking so long to approve your comment, I was away on holiday and was unable to access WordPress. The Korra universe will be fleshed out further with the release of some future comic books, hopefully those will succeed where the TV show failed.

  4. I just wanted to drop a line. Just finished the series, feel completely betrayed. I completely agree with your post. Horrible, horrible story telling. Feels as though it was pandered to a demographic for either ratings or to be “the first” to do something. I don’t mind different types of relationships but it was carried out horribly. Absolutely gutted.

  5. The creators fell victim to pushing the liberal agenda for the sake of being liberal and politically correct. I don’t hate that they did it I just hate how they executed it, for me it was out of nowhere. It could have been subtly hinted at, but too subtle for me.

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