Our Flag Means Death
|Name:||Our Flag Means Death|
|Date(s):||March 3, 2022 – present|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|External Links:||at IMDb|
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Our Flag Means Death is a rom-com HBO television series about the adventures of historical pirates in the early 1700s.
Season one aired in March 2022 to critical and fannish acclaim. After much anticipation, the show was renewed for a second season on June 1, 2022.
It was explicitly designed as a "romantic comedy" between the male leads:
- Edward Teach aka Blackbeard
- Stede Bonnet aka the Gentleman Pirate
- Wee John Feeney
- Lucius Spriggs
- Oluwande Boodhari
- Captain Nigel Badminton
- Izzy Hands
- Jim Jimenez
- Black Pete
Fans rejoiced that the show refreshingly didn't feature queerbait and hoped it would not lead to the Bury Your Gays trope. They celebrated the series for its diversity and complex representation of LGBT characters and experiences, including featuring a non-binary character, Jim Jimenez, played by non-binary actor Vico Ortiz.
ofmd really said "what if we had gay characters whose storylines didn't revolve around homophobia" and every queer person in a 20 mile radius started cheering and biting people
Within a month of its release, the show had already become an online hit, with numerous fanworks being created, such as edits and vids on TikTok and Twitter. Fans promptly began shipping Edward Teach/Stede Bonnet, leading to discussion about what to name the ship.
Canon relationship Black Pete/Lucius Spriggs was also popular:
Yea yea, stede and Ed, but Lucious and Black Pete are the sweetest queer love story on TV. I was not ready for how great that pairing is. The talent on and off the screen is just overflowing. Love it so much.
A significant portion of the fandom is made up of fans of actor, director and producer Taika Waititi, who plays Blackbeard. Waititi previously worked with some of the other actors on the show, leading to fans noting the possibility of crossovers and AUs:
Many puns based on the show's name were made, such as Our Flag Means Gay or Our Flag Means Fancy because of Bonnet's amazing apparel.
The Fourth Wall
Historical pirate rom-com. That’s it. That’s the pitch. #OurFlagMeansDeath #blackstede #stedebeard #blackbonnet #gentlebeard #stEDe ❤️
Fanart creators shared particularly shared their fanworks with creators, tagging actors in their Twitter posts. Many actors shared fanart of the show. Con O'Neill was particularly active, prompting various fan reactions.
Vico Ortiz and Samba Schutte also took active part in the fandom.
Connections with Other Fandoms
Our Flag Means Death's popularity led to what some fans called a pirate renaissance, with Black Sails and Pirates of the Caribbean both trending on Tumblr in late March/early April 2022. This was likely due to fans sharing gifsets, meta essays and other posts comparing these source materials. Some fans called this SuperWhoLock 2.0, to some other fans' horror.
Some crossovers with Taika Waititi's movie What We Do in the Shadows also occured.
- Our Flag Means Undeath by CartoonMayor, A What We Do in the Shadows AU. In which Stede is kind of Nandor, Ed is kind of Guillermo, and Buttons is definitely Colin Robinson. (WWDITS fusion)
- sorry he is to be hanged by zenith (DallonR), Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, knows how to weather any storm, with one exception: his feelings for the Gentleman Pirate, Stede Bonnet.
- fine weather we're having by greaterporpoise, "You look rather fine yourself," he murmurs, tracing Stede's shirt collar, wondering what the bare skin beneath would feel like.
- peccadilloes by Badgerette, On the benefits of literary references.
- ne'er do wells by CaspianTheGeek (DemonicGeek), The fic where Stede Bonnet runs into Pirate!Aziraphale at a bookshop and Edward Teach looks on and pines. Crowley has some words of wisdom, but I'll leave it up to your imagination on whether Edward accepts them.
- (Podfic) Beyond Vanity by Amanita_Fierce, written by reserve, Stede/Edward, 14min, Mature
- (Podfic) inhale (exhale) | written by the_moonmoth by Tipsy_Kitty, Stede/Esward, 5min, Explicit
- (Podfic) a guiding touch by greedy_dancer, Stede/Edward, 25min, Explicit
- (Podfic) we were warnings by Djapchan, Stede/Edward, 2hrs, Explicit
- the five love languages, a picspam by owenwlwilson
- Please I just- I- I just want them to- why can’t they just- by cliopadra
- yo ho homosexual by nwarrior777
- - I’m so sorry… by fishik
- the monster and the lighthouse by favouritefi
- “You make Stede happy.” by speakfriendaandenter
- their flag means GAY 🏳️🌈🏴☠️ by keltbh
- AND IF YOU DONT LOVE ME NOW, YOU WILL NEVER LOVE ME AGAIN 🏴☠️ ☠️ by artbyireland
- perfect day by awwlba
- I Already Like You by JennaFlare
- i think i love you 🏴☠️❤️🏳️🌈 by nevermindkaz
- OFMD SPOILERS!♡ by Taika Waititi
Meta & Further Reading
- I think that Our Flag Means Death's Stede Bonnet is the perfect character for our times by hoe-smad
- Our Flag Means Death as a Show About Race
Archives, Communities & Resources
- Our Flag Means Death tag at AO3
- Our Flag Means Death tag at Tumblr
- OFMD tag at Tumblr
- Our Flag Means Kink - a prompt kinkmeme by ponderosa
- Our Flag Means Lemons - a prompt fest by idyllic_idioms for NSFW works running through April 2022.
- Our Flag Means Gay - a Dreamwidth community
- OFMD Fandom Events, a Twitter account that keeps track of fandom events and maintains a Google Calendar
- "Taika Waititi on Twitter: "I'm very proud of this romantic …". 2022-03-25. Archived from the original on 2022-03-27.
- "blackbeardussy says: "ofmd really said "what if we had gay characters ..." Archived from the original on 2022-06-02.
- "Joe Goldstein on Twitter: "@david_jenkins__ @vigalondo Yea yea, stede…". Archived from the original on 2022-03-27.
- "Law on Twitter: "The really great thing about Taika and Rhys playing …". 2022-03-26. Archived from the original on 2022-03-27.
- "kel on Twitter: "their flag means GAY #ourflagmeansdeath …". 2022-03-22. Archived from the original on 2022-03-27.
- "David Jenkins on Twitter: "Historical pirate rom-com. That's it. That…". Archived from the original on 2022-03-27.