About the problematic romance
after seeing Shape of Water again on blu-ray after it's theatrical release, i enjoyed the movie for it's acting, settings, visuals, practical effects and style but the supposed romance of the asset with the mute seeing it again rubs me the wrong way as he is humanoid but has more of a gorilla/child level intelligence as it never spoke a language or come from a different culture/race of beings and is less Abe Sapien and more like the Ferringo Hulk in terms of an animalistic/child mind as i can see why there are beastality complaints.
I mean language, intelligence and culture is what separates us even other fictional races like furries, xenos and mutants from lower animals and he seemed animalistic in mind and all that as the asset didn't act like a person as he acted like a feral lower animal as it even talked like a goat. I mean furries, xenos, mutants and cyborgs are all races of people who are not always the "inferior" beings mainstream media shows sometimes but i believe they people who are and look different and i see nothing wrong with humans having affairs/marriage/love with xenos, furries, mutants and cyborgs.
I think the xeno in this movie could had spoke a weird tribal kind language to prove he is an intelligent being who isn’t a pet or animal as no one can understand what he is saying as Elsie has telepathy and can read/translate what he is saying. Even with her doing telepathic communication with the xeno man to talk to each other in brains even when he is reading her lips of mouthwording then show he is very intelligent humanoid being with similar intellect with no just roaring/growling or talking like a goat, him telling his history of being an alien being who came to earth years ago to become a god of a tribe he saw their culture on earth in the jungle even seeing them make art and music, him having a girlfriend before she died in his history, appreciating pets without eating them but treat them kind like he does with the animals in the jungle he lived in as his diet would be plants with vegetables then fruits to fish to eggs, wanting to learn how to cook as he saw some people of the tribe who worship him cooked but is curious to wanting to dance since he learned from tribal people but wants to learn like civilized people in cities do even for consent to want to have love if he truly loves her even she can help Giles what xeno is saying as she can do sign language to Giles even write down on paper what xeno is saying in his weird language even learn English. Those would had made the situation avoid the beastiality stigma. It would had been the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner of our time but with a xeno replacing a black man yet the film feels badly executed despite a promising idea.
I see nothing wrong with outside human race of human/furry, human/xeno, xeno/xeno (like an elf person and fish-person), human/cyborg and human/mutant romance of two different intelligent beings who can communication with languages and all in fiction as i support that as it's meant to be an allegory to real life inter-ethnic romance despite there are some humans in stories who are of different skin colors/ethicities/religions/different cultures having affairs with xenos or furries or mutants or cyborgs since they are races outside humans since humans are not alone in stories just like real life xenos do exist in the galaxy as we are not alone.
I mean like Hatton Slayden’s amazing artworks, Bojack Horseman (Even Kyle and Charolette a human male who romanced a deer furry woman as they produced 2 kids and got married), Wolf Children (the parents of the kids being a wolf man and a human woman), Beast aka Hank Henry McCoy and Carly on the X-men animated series episode “Beauty and the Beast”, Catherine and Vincent in the 80s Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton starring Beauty and the Beast TV show (remember that show?), Cathy and Matt on Alien Nation, Lilandra and Xavier (xeno bird woman and mutant earth man), Hepzibah and Corsair in Marvel comics, Mass Effect, Skyrim, Hellboy and Liz, Swamp Thing and Abigale Arcane, Vinnie and Charlene on Biker Mice from Mars, Vastra and Jenny on Doctor Who, Regular Show (Skips with Mona plus Margaret's parents), Star Wars, Star Trek, Cheetah and Batman on Justice League the series, An orc woman and a human man who fell in love/married/conceived a hybrid child to a half-ogre/half human woman romancing a human male in Warcraft the movie, Rachel and Deckar in Blade Runner (Biorganic android and human), Eliza and Goliath on Gargoyles especially Demona with Macbeth etc. all have consenting intelligent adults. Even the recent Voltron reboot show has two different races of beings one a xeno reptilian girl named Shay and a human boy named Hunk in love as they are two teens who love each other for who they are.
They all worked better than this movie!