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Harley Quinn Celebrates LGBTQ+ Relationships in New Valentine’s Day Special

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By Abby Kozal

It’s a known fact that heterosexual relationships dominate our everyday lives, whether that be in person or on the big screen. Valentine’s Day seems to be an overload of heteronormativity in the media, and many members of the LGBTQ+ struggle to see themselves properly represented. However, the Harley Quinn show has decided to take matters into their own hands, properly celebrating a gay relationship with their new Valentine’s Day special.

On Feb. 9, 2023, HBO Max aired “Harley Quinn: A Very Problematic Valentine’s Day Special”, appropriately named for its rather raunchy and suggestive subject matter. “Harley Quinn has wrapped up its third season and follows DC’s Harley Quinn as she tries to break into villain infamy without the help of her toxic ex, the Joker. In the show, Harley and Poison Ivy become a couple, showcasing the rare chance of a gay relationship taking center-stage. 

The special follows Harley and Ivy as they celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together as a couple. Harley is determined to give Ivy the best Valentine’s Day ever. Of course, in typical Harley Quinn fashion, things go horribly wrong when Ivy’s pheromones are released into Gotham.

The writing in this special was hilarious, and it was nice to see how they portrayed different couples and how people spend Valentine’s Day. Not only do we see the LGBTQ+ community represented by Harley and Ivy, but also by background characters such as the Riddler and Clock King, as well as other non-speaking roles. For those single on Valentine’s Day, Clayface and Bane show an accurate depiction of searching for a relationship.

Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell do an excellent job at portraying many meaningful conversations as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy respectively. In a show with a lot of crass humor, it’s nice for them to take time to be real. The special also features some other celebrities making minor appearances, such as Quinta Brunson (“Abbot Elementarystar) playing Hawkgirl, and even John Stamos as Etrigan the Demon.

If you’re a fan of DC Comics like I am, you’ll also appreciate the cameos from other beloved couples, such as Superman and Lois, Batman and Catwoman, and Zatanna and the Flash. Even Ivy’s past lover, Kiteman, makes an appearance.

Overall, I was a big fan of this episode. I loved getting to see a healthy LGBTQ+ relationship being portrayed on screen. It showed that even a violent, dark comedy like “Harley Quinnisn’t afraid to talk about the importance of a good relationship. I’d give this special an 8.5 out of 10.

For those looking to watch the new special this Valentine’s Day, it’s available on HBO Max as well as all three seasons of the show.

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