Nah, I believe it shows sort of the futility of his position. I mean regardless of how ‘romantic’ you argue it,…
To be clear, this isn’t the scene that is heavily romanticized, imo; I’m not interpreting this scene as a triumphant moment for the community, but it’s near the beginning of when the viewer’s perception of Wing begin to shift. Is Wink’s action a bit silly and therefore humorous? I guess. But he might be drunk and he’s probably not very well-educated—but the bottom line for me is that there is some sense to what he’s doing, and we can begin to see something commendable about it—even if his ways might be entirely different from our own. This shift in our perception (or at least mine) is what I think the film is trying to do—not in a subtle way and not in way that allows the viewers to make up their own mind, imo.
As for the more romanticizing depictions, I can’t remember when they start, but I recall it during the scene when the community eggs on Hushpuppy to crack her own crab—and the ending is when it is the strongest.