I am surprisingly disappointed today.
I found out that a bunch of people ripped into Arryn (voice of Blake) on Twitter yesterday for confirming that BMBLB is just a song Jeff Williams made and wanted to include on the album without being canon.
I'm disappointed that fans would go after a voice actor as though she had any input in anything other than how she reads her lines. She's not Blake, just Blake's voice. She doesn't write Blake, she doesn't get told what's happening if it doesn't concern her.
Who I am upset and disappointed at are the showrunners, who I assume are still Miles and Kerry. If you are the creative geniuses in Monty's absence, why didn't you check or finalize the tracks going onto the album? I understand that you have full faith in Jeff Williams and it's easy to see why, but how can anyone claim none of you knew it was going to be on there? Why did it get produced and published blindly?
If it wasn't and you /did/ okay the track, why would you publish a song, especially such a controversial one, and say it isn't canon? I was worried you would accidentally slip into the Bury Your Gays trope and kill one or both of them shortly after they got together. I didn't think my favorite show in the world would stab me with queerbaiting.
Because so far, that's what this is. Your assurances that "there are gay characters we just won't tell or show you who" and having a gay af song on the album mean nothing if you don't come through. If bumblebee doesn't happen but another hot lesbian shows up and is better suited then fine, but I hope they aren't some minor character we see once or twice and never again (Neon Katt I’m looking at you.)
Queer representation especially in popular media is so, so important. It happens so rarely to be a genuine thing and gives other queer people role models to look up to, to see themselves in. Look how important Wonder Woman became to women and girls who didn't even realize what it could look like to have strong powerful bisexual female characters on-screen. I want that for RWBY too.
I will continue to watch the show, though I don't think I'll be writing that Autostraddle article I was planning. Not sure if I'll be purchasing any more albums o listening to the song any more. It only breaks my heart.