LGBTQ+ fans speculated about Enid Sinclair (left) and Wednesday’s relationship. (Netflix)
Like in the long-awaited Tim Burton series from Netflix. Wednesdaybegins exploration of Wednesday Addams as a teenage killer who solves mysteries – there is one major disappointment, according to some viewers.
The series introduces many new characters to the Addams Family Expanded Universe, including Wednesday’s (Jenna Ortega) roommate at Nevermore’s rogue school, Enid Sinclair (Emma Myers).
Although they seem to be complete opposites; Enid is all bright and bubbly and colorful, and the environments are anything but – the bond they make throughout the series is touching.
— s⁷🌙 era Wednesday (@purpIetales) November 23, 2022
But LGBTQ+ fans are already expressing their disappointment that the writers haven’t committed to a relationship with them, already endearingly calling their ship #Wenclair.
The chemistry between the two characters was so obvious that shipments began after the first teaser was released, and AO3 fanfiction and fanart appeared as early as September.
the intimacy of these scenes. Venkler is a real guy pic.twitter.com/ch5j2EqgOH
– ab | environment spoilers (@dykevillain) November 23, 2022
– rin || environment spoilers (@moona_pi) November 23, 2022
In fact, Myers herself addressed the sapphic vibes between her character and Wednesday in an interview with Elite Dailyjoking: “You know what I always say… and they were roommates.
The comment refers to a popular meme in which historians regularly attribute overtly romantic queer relationships to nothing more than friendship.
“Jenna and I used to say that to each other all the time,” she continued.
“And that’s all there is to say – I think it gets the point across.”
Netflix is already here under fire for queerbaiting even before the show went on the air following a promotional event called “Wednesgay”.
And when the show aired, fans were even more upset that not only was Venkler not there, but both characters had relationships with men.
Not Netflix shamelessly queerbaiting after canceling every lesbian show they have 😭 pic.twitter.com/oHqzbGRScW
— 𝓑𝓪𝓻 | בָּר 🏳🌈 (she/her) (@PamsHarIey) November 18, 2022
“I will never come to terms with the fact that Wednesday and Enid each had two love interests, but neither of them even remotely matched the chemistry between Wednesday and Enid herself.” one person wrote.
Others have said that Enid’s character herself has all the hallmarks of being in a closet. From her strange relationship with Ajax to her self-confidence.
“Enid’s character is literally a metaphor for people in the closet with homophobic parents.” one viewer suggested.
“Conversion therapy when she says she is who she is. Plus, the conflict was the real reason that every time she kissed Ajax, her claws popped out.”
“Wolf out” clearly means that Enid likes girls, essay:
– the crazy conversation she had with her parents
– reaction to a kiss with Ajax, because her body rejects compet
– finally snaps when he leaves him and leaves after Wednesday#venkler #mediumnetflix pic.twitter.com/S64Pu3e9kg
— In (@insomniac_cub) November 23, 2022
In particular, fans point to one scene towards the end of the season, in which Wednesday and Enid hug after the climax of the danger has passed. Unlike Ajax, her claws didn’t pop out when she hugged Wednesday.
“You can’t tell me these two girls don’t love each other” one fan said about the hugs.
“This episode 8 was the MOST GAY thing I’ve ever seen in my fucking life.”
The way Wednesday resisted at first, but when she looked into Enid’s teary eyes, she saw the great concern and affection that she felt for her, and decided to hug Enid. An act that even her family doesn’t get, that tells us how much Enid means to her. #venkler #mediumnetflix pic.twitter.com/67bhabgvif
— Rise★ (@CrimRising) November 24, 2022
— RAON 💧 (@alpacarto) November 23, 2022
— In (@insomniac_cub) November 23, 2022
While Venkler did not become canon this season, some hope that if the show is renewed, it could become a reality.
“Showrunners need to test the ground” one fan wroteadding that they couldn’t have predicted how explosive the pair would be.
While it’s up to LGBTQ+ fans once again to find representation in the subtext and campaign to show that the representation is valid, at the same time, there’s no shortage of cute fan art and theories to discover.
— Nel (@roseiid_) November 18, 2022
Wednesday currently streaming on Netflix.