"In the supporting cast, queer representation declined from tokenism in season 1, to nothing at all in season 2. A bizarre oversight for a show that markets itself on inclusivity," says Gavia Baker-Whitelaw. "Bridgerton’s inclusive branding is, of course, criticized in its own right. The show welcomes a racially diverse cast to a lighthearted faux-Regency setting, expanding the scope of a notoriously conservative genre. At the same time, it has also faced pushback for racist storytelling choices and incoherent political worldbuilding. In order to enjoy season 2—a passionate enemies-to-lovers romance between a white British aristocrat and an Indian ex-pat—you must ignore any prior knowledge of the British Empire’s atrocious history in India. Suspension of disbelief is paramount, and Bridgerton fans are happy to perform these mental gymnastics. The show’s creators and target audience share an understanding of what we’re here for: An escapist, ahistorical riff on Regency romance tropes. For some reason though, this philosophy fails to embrace queer people."