Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the musical comedy-drama, now has the best bisexual representation likely in the history of television.
Viewers were introduced to Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz)’s girlfriend Beth in the episode that aired yesterday (2 February).
Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna has confirmed to fans Valencia is bisexual, making her the third bi character alongside Daryl and Maya.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Valencia is bi
Beth, played by gay comedian Emma Willmann, was introduced as a potential business partner for Valencia.
And then Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had an eight month time skip. In that time, Valencia and Beth formed a loving relationship.
— Gabrielle Ruiz (@gabrielleruiz) 3 February 2018
When McKenna told Ruiz about her character’s new girlfriend, she was very excited.
‘My first gut reaction was, “Oh my gosh Valencia found someone. She found someone that loves her.”
‘It wasn’t, “Oh my gosh Valencia is going to be love with a woman”.’
McKenna said they wanted to introduce a real love interest for Valencia after she dated Josh, played by gay actor Vincent Rodriguez III.
‘Why wouldn’t it be a woman?’
‘As we started to think about that person, we were like, “Why wouldn’t it be a woman?”‘ McKenna told Bustle.
‘It’s different from Daryl’s story because Daryl discovering his bisexuality was a big part of his identity. For Valencia, the stakes of her having a lesbian relationship, which makes her bisexual, is more about the personal investment in this specific person.
‘She’s a Bethsexual. So it doesn’t come up as an issue of self-proclaimed identity as it does for Daryl, because Valencia really knows who she is.’
‘Daryl saying that he was bisexual and naming it was very important for the show and also for Daryl in his quest to find his authentic self. We’re very aware of the tendency to erase bisexuality as a term, the tendency towards bi-erasure. It’s very important to us that we not do that,’ she added.
‘If Daryl were to talk to her about it, she’d say, “Yeah, I’m bisexual, obviously. I’m in a relationship with a woman now”.’ McKenna added.
‘You’ll see going forward, Valencia is in a voyage of her own self-discovery of her place in the world and Beth is a big part of that. Identity means a slightly different thing for her than it means for Daryl.’
It’s safe to say fans were very happy with the decision.
— Caralynn Lippo (@caralynn_marie) 3 February 2018
I’m not even being dramatic. Thank you SO MUCH to whoever listened to us and gave Valencia a girlfriend. As a gay woman, this is like…everything I want??? #CrazyExGirlfriend
— vicky (@audralevines) 3 February 2018
AND NOW, seeing that Maria Valencia Perez has found a serious girlfriend and just have those adorable heart eyes around her! I am FLOORED! I already love this show to the core but seeing this character grow from competing with women to BEING IN LOVE WITH ONE i love it even more!
— Zena aka MARIA VALENCIA PEREZ’S GAY BITCH🏳️🌈 (@ladyzna) 3 February 2018
— 👏Harry👏 (@imgayharry) 3 February 2018
And they know what they want next.
where’s Valencia’s reprise of I’m Getting Bi? #CrazyExGirlfriend
— saira sighs🥨 (@sairasighs) 3 February 2018
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs on The CW on Fridays. Season 3 is also airing weekly on Netflix for international audiences.