Fans are praising last night’s episode of ‘Fleabag’ which saw the title character reveal that she is bisexual.
During episode three, Fleabag (played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) meets businesswoman Belinda who is played by Kristen Scott Thomas.
The pair were having a drink and Belinda asks Fleabag if she’s a lesbian. Fleabag responds saying, “not strictly.” Fleabag then kisses Belinda who rejects her because she is not Belinda’s “type”.
Fans of the show have commended to this exploration of the lead character’s sexuality with many taking the scene as confirmation that Fleabag, who is also attracted to a priest played by Andrew Scott, is bisexual.
Many have shown their appreciation of this representation of bisexuality which is relatively uncharted on primetime television.
One fan said, “That five-minute scene between PWB and Kristin Scott Thomas in tonight’s
#Fleabag deserves to melt the internet. Just brilliant.”
— Declan Cashin (@Tweet_Dec) March 18, 2019
Another fan said they were “in tears” to see “some bi representation”.
Fleabag has introduced a bisexual story line and I'm in TEARS. Overjoyed at some bi representation
— Bethany Rose (@bethany_roses) March 18, 2019
Fleabag episode three was everything my bisexual ass needed 💯
— Emma 🧛🏻♀️ (@standtallx) March 18, 2019
fleabag just came out as a canon bisexual
— 𝒂𝒃𝒃𝒚 (@danstvns) March 18, 2019
fleabag is canonically bisexual pass it on
— conn (@yeetIejuice) March 19, 2019
that one scene in fleabag episode three with kristen scott thomas in the bar is everything my bisexual ass needed
— conn (@yeetIejuice) March 18, 2019
Fleabag has been adapted from Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman-show in which the character was confirmed to be bisexual.
This kiss between Fleabag and Belinda is the first nod to her bisexuality in the television series.
The show is currently in its second season and is much loved by fans for its strong characters.
The priest is played by Andrew Scott who has said that being gay doesn’t stop him playing opposite women.
He told Huffington Post: “It’s not remotely difficult for me to have chemistry with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and that goes for a lot of women I’ve played opposite.
“It’s ludicrous and almost insulting to say otherwise. The most important thing is that you have a real chemistry with the person you’re playing opposite.”
He added: “There hasn’t been a particularly level playing field with regards to who gets to play what. I can only speak for myself, but I think it’s very important that all of us are able to imagine acting is about being empathetic: what is it like to be in someone else’s shoes?
“So, I think it’s dangerous territory to go down sometimes to think that we’re only allowed to play our own – not just our own sexuality, but our own nationality or identity – that we’re only allowed to… represent things that are within our experience.”
© 2019 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.
GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBT+ community since 1988.
During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.
GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBT+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBT+ media.