Power Rangers Movie Introduces Gay Superhero Played by Becky G: 'I'm Proud She Is Such a Strong Character'
In the new Power Rangers film, the five colorful superheroes tackle much more than just evil aliens. The latest reboot of the popular ’90s show has the five rangers also dealing with several important topics facing teens today.
The film is getting much praise for addressing the issue of sexuality through the story of Yellow Ranger Trini, played by Becky G. (A warning: some spoilers ahead.) In one scene, the characters are opening up to each other about their daily struggles. The Black Ranger, Zack (Ludi Lin), asks Trini if she is dealing with “boyfriend problems.” He then realizes she may actually be having “girlfriend problems.” Trini does not object to this assumption and tells the group she is having difficulty with her family accepting her.
“Trini is attending one of the biggest high schools but nobody knows her. Nobody sees her. She feels invisible,” Becky G tells PEOPLE of her character. “I’m really proud that she is such a strong character.”
David Yost, the actor who played the original Blue Power Ranger in the ’90s, quit the show after alleging that he was the target of homophobic slurs on set.
He has said in a 2010 interview, “I walked off set one day during the middle of lunch. Basically, I just felt I was continually being told I was not worthy of being where I am because I am a gay person and I am not supposed to an actor and you can’t be a superhero.”
But today, Yost tells The Hollywood Reporter he is happy with the decision the filmmakers made on this film.
“They really stepped up to the plate,” said Yost. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”
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Becky G, who sang the 2014 pop hit “Shower,” says she can relate to her character feeling like an outsider.
“Because I’m in the industry I do know what it is like to be alone,” she says. “It is very easy to be in a room with thousands of people and still feel like no one can see you. She is a human being who should be acknowledged.”
Saban’s Power Rangers hits theaters on Friday.