Image: Columbia Pictures
Let’s face it: Alien franchise fans have had a tough go of it in the video game world – especially recently, with the Aliens: Colonial Marines fiasco. It’s a shame, especially given how willing the series has been to flout gender norms: making a hero out of the icy female pilot; creating one of the defining pieces of action movie history and populating it with increasingly useless space marines and increasingly powerful civilians, girls, and women (hint, hint, anyone who ever wants to make another Alien video game ever); and flirting with the archetypical old-Hollywood fey villain in Prometheus, but ultimately giving him room to be the most interesting character – HAL 9000 by way of Sir Alec Guiness – all done up in superlative Michael Fassbender packaging.
So it’s nice to see that a bit of queer fan love is getting thanks from the series’ central (human) figure.
Chris reported last week that Geeks OUT was planning on “holding a gala event celebrating Sigourney Weaver as a queer geek icon and muse.” That event, Dream Weaver, held on Thursday April 4th, featured a gallery exhibition of artwork celebrating the powerhouse actor and voice for LGBT rights. Though Ms. Weaver was unable to make it because of a commitment to a Broadway play, she sent quite a lovely letter of thanks to Geeks OUT:
… I am extremely touched and thrilled to be honored by Geeks OUT as a queer geek icon and muse. It means so much to me that my work has been relevant and encouraging to the LGBT community. I support each and every one of you to be exactly and gloriously who you are and all you can be. The planet needs your individuality and talent and power to make it a more humane and respectful and fantastic place, where everyone is valued and celebrated equally. So rock on and geek out, my friends. Have a wonderful time tonight…
What a fantastic message to hear from one of the muses.