MashogaNubianPrince saidI watch(ed) both shows and I know we're all supposed to be doing loop de loops and barrel rolls that there's a show with gays on it in a positive light on network TV but I don't get the hype of either show. I work with a lot of other young liberalish gay/bi/? people and whenever they bring up these shows (or Glee) I end up holding my tounge. Can someone tell me what I'm missing?
Personally I just think both shows despite trying to show the diversity of America's families are still white as all fuck and not to mention unresaonably wealthy. But anyway....
*hands in gay card*
I agree to some degree. First the good.
These shows are powerful in that openly gay characters are on television and are being watched by straight americans. These shows provide a human element to their characters, and though they do capitalize on some stereotypes, they are far better than the depiction of gays from shows like "Queer Eye" which was built on fem and aesthetic stereotypes, and "Queer as Folk" which depict all gay men as hyper-sexual beings.
Still there is much left to be desired.
Glee makes its seem like all gays like theatre and just need to sing away their life problems, which is a big joke in my book. Occasionally that show has some deeper story lines (I think there was one about a closeted football player who tries to commit suicide) but than subsequently dropped that character and storyline shortly after. Not all gays are twinky little Kurts who want to sing girl songs.
New Normal, I had hope for. They had two gay men, one fem, one more masculine. I was hoping for some more accurate depiction of the diversity of gay men in this. The fem character, however, just makes you want to throw your head through a window. Again, we are not all concerned with Gucci, handbags, and dressing male babies in dresses. The "masculine" character is played by a straight guy, which reinforces the myth that gays cannot be or play masculine, so much so they had to hire a straight actor. Plus, I have such a hard time understanding why this couple would be together. They disagree about mostly everything, and it seems a bit odd couple-ly.
Modern Family, well it is funny. It isn't awful. It is probably my favorite amongst the three. Still, they have a sexually repressed ginger gay, who seems embarrassed about being gay most of the time. The show does remind me of my family a bit though and I get compared to the ginger often. loll
Overall, these programs lack the element that makes being gay so special. That there is diversity amongst us and we cannot all be reduced to a stereotype. We come is all different shapes, sizes, color, classes, abilities, etc. The experiences of gay men of color are far different from the experience of white gay men. These programs ignore this greatly. No program focuses on the struggles of the developing a gay identity more than a brief episode, and for many a program devoted to identity development would be of great help to cope during adolescence.
We need more accurate depictions. Yes we have role models on television now. That is a major success. But are these the role models we want?