Stiles Stilinski, perhaps the most loved character on Teen Wolf – who just may happen to be bisexual. An unusual set of elements that offers a rare opportunity.

It’s Teen Wolf Takeover month on Hypable.com, and today’s article examines Stiles and his sexuality. Read all of our TWT articles here and submit your own!

Jeff Davis has made it a point to highlight that within the Teen Wolf world homophobia is virtually nonexistent and sexual orientation is irrelevant. He’s spoken on the topic more than once and has shared his belief of creating worlds we would one day like to see.

So before we begin this discussion, we have to remember that standards of our culture don’t apply to the characters on Teen Wolf. Within the show people aren’t presumed straight until proven otherwise. The program acts as an example for our world by showing just how much of a non-issue sexual orientation should be.

It’s a fantastic and brilliant way to deal with prejudice on a larger scale – one we commend Davis for and encourage others to support.

Bisexual Stiles

Stiles

Since season 1 we’ve had a wide range of reasons for thinking that Stiles Stilinski may in fact be bisexual.

  • Stiles mentions having been in love with Lydia Martin since the third grade.
  • “Am I attractive to gay guys?!” Is asked on more than one occasion.
  • Flailing when an unconscious Lydia falls into his lap.
  • “No seriously. Do you wanna just try makin’ out for a sec? Just to see how it feels?” Randomly asking to make out with his best friend.
  • ‘Casual’ nods to both male and female peers in episode 1×03.
  • Trying to keep his eye’s on Erica’s face to avoid sexually objectifying her.
  • Being jealous of Scott getting hit on in a gay bar.
  • “I could be gay!” “Not in that outfit.” Defending his gay potential to his father.
  • Kissing Heather and agreeing to be each others firsts.
  • Danny jokingly making a pass, and Stiles thanking him for the offer and asking him if he was serious.

Now, some of these examples you can brush off if you so desire. You can take them as jokes or just an overt craving to be liked. Several are ambiguous enough for viewers to come to their own conclusions.

But Jeff himself has admitted to hinting at this bisexual orientation. And considering that he has purposefully designed a world where we’re asked to judge people with no underlying assumptions; it’s completely logical to gather that Stiles is indeed bisexual.

Where We Go From Here

Where from here

The key for any progressive storytelling is to give people reasons to care about a character apart from their sexual orientation. And because so many people love Stiles apart from whom he’s attracted to; there’s a strong desire to act on this rare opportunity.

Now, let’s be clear. In a world where sexual preference doesn’t matter, there’s no need for Stiles to have a big coming out moment. But unfortunately, the demographic that watches this show doesn’t live in that world.

We as an audience are tied to a much more rigid social structure. So while it’s nice to see someone not having to reveal themselves as being bisexual, it doesn’t do the audience much good if they never have definitive proof they’re being represented.

Which is why having a character act on his spectrum of attractions without it being a big deal could send a powerful message to our own reality.

We don’t need to see sweeping gestures or wildly romantic settings. This is Stiles Stilinski we’re talking about. The whole point is to keep him in character. It would just be very rewarding to make the natural arc we’ve been witnessing for three seasons now come to fruition.

Closing Thoughts

Jeff

Make no mistake – we are not looking to back Jeff Davis into a corner. No one wants to take his creative control away from him and ultimately all of us want Davis, Dylan O’Brien, and Stiles to be as independent and comfortable as possible.

Teen Wolf is about so much more than a specific character’s sexual orientation. That’s why we love it so much. Because these elements are secondary.

Jeff shouldn’t feel pressured to make Stiles ‘reveal’ himself, but he also shouldn’t be confined to a certain set of standards many networks like to uphold if the story presents itself. What we do want to stress though, is that if Jeff chooses to go in this direction, you can rest assured he will have a lot of enthusiastic support.

Take note MTV because your demographic is changing.

Quiz: How well do you remember the 2007 Oscars?

3:32 pm EST, January 18, 2017

As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

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As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

In 10 years, will we look back at the 2017 Oscars and remember every detail of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling awkwardly accepting award after award for La La Land while the other nominees politely clap and try not to grit their teeth? Or will the event fade into distant memory?

Maybe we can get an answer to that question by dialling back the clock to 2007 and see just how clearly we remember the 79th Academy Awards.

How did you do? Tell us how well you remember the 79th Academy Awards in the comments!

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be unveiled Tuesday, January 24.

You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

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You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

“Sources connected to production tell us eight outboard motors were used to churn the water and recreate a rushing river,” says TMZ. “The dog eventually got in the water — or was forced in — but was quickly submerged.”

At 1:28 in the below trailer you can see a scene that looks similar to what was being filmed in TMZ’s video:

Universal and their partners at Amblin told TMZ in a statement, “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.”

A Dog’s Purpose stars Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson. It opens next Friday, January 27.

Update: Josh Gad, who voices a dog in the movie, issued the following statement on Instagram. He speaks highly of the film but says he finds the leaked video “disturbing.”

“While I do not know all of the details and cannot speak to the level of care and caution that went into this moment (as I was never on set for the marking of this film), I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will.”

Since apparently some of you did not see the statement I issued last night, here it is again.

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We’re suddenly way less interested in seeing this.

Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

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Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

Original story (May 2016): Heroic Hollywood, who has a good record of breaking superhero news, is the source behind the exciting development. As was previously announced, the animated Spider-Man movie will be produced by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo are also set to direct the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff for Lucasfilm.

Who is Miles Morales? As we wrote in a lengthy tell-all about the character last year:

Miles Morales is the current Spider-Man in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics series. Introduced in 2011, Miles is a black-hispanic young man who, like Peter Parker, is a talented scientist and self-proclaimed nerd. However, unlike his predecessor, Morales steps into the superhero’s shoes at the surprisingly young age of 13.

Raised in Brooklyn, Miles was born into a family plagued by criminal activity. Before settling down with his wife Rio, Miles’s father Jefferson used to be crime partners with his brother Aaron (Miles’s uncle). However, where Jefferson tried to shrink away from the lifestyle, Aaron continues to embrace it — assuming the role of classic Marvel villain the Prowler. After pulling off a heist on Oscorp, Aaron unknowingly takes a genetically modified spider home with him. It is at Aaron’s house that Miles is bit by the spider and starts the transformation into Spider-Man.

Where Peter Parker relished the opportunity to become spidey, Miles is reluctant to enter the world of vigilantism. What’s more, his family’s criminal history causes him to question whether or not he can ever be a hero, or if evil is hardwired into him.

Oh, and one other cool thing about him: The guy is immortal, unlike the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man.

Related: Who is Miles Morales? We explain everything

The rumor mill was alive with chatter about the MCU’s Spidey being the Miles Morales version last year, but obviously those reports never panned out. The Peter Parker version of Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, played by Tom Holland. He’s getting his own spinoff film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, next year.

Telling the Miles Morales story on screen may be just the thing the animated Spider-Man movie needs in order for it to draw people into the theaters in December 2018. We’ve had enough Peter Parker stories!

2018 will be a great year for super hero diversity: Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman will be released a few months earlier.