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The Kissing Booth 2's Gay Subplot Is a Frustrating Example of Performative Activism

The Kissing Booth 2's Gay Subplot Is a Frustrating Example of Performative Activism

Love triangles, tested friendships, college applications, dance competitions, and a whole new carnival kissing booth to plan were just a few of the many events that complicate Elle's life in Netflix's The Kissing Booth 2. And with these new storylines come new characters, most prominently fresh love interests Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez) and Chloe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers). However, the addition of Ollie (Judd Krok) and his coming to terms with his sexuality was one plot I just couldn't get on board with - Ollie deserves so much more.

While the storyline was underdeveloped in its own right, it also added very little to the main narrative, leaving me to question why it was included in the first place if not for some pseudo act of "wokeness."

My first red flag should have been that it took me about an hour and half through the movie before I even learned Ollie's name.

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