I found the most non-stereotypical gay character

  • vindog

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    Nov 30, 2009 2:26 AM GMT

    Omar Little in HBO's THE WIRE. I seriously hate cop/detective dramas, but this show is possibly the best TV show ever made.

    Omar: gay, thugged-out gangster but with a code: He never robs from normal citizens--only people in "the game" aka drug trade or if they hurt his friends or lovers. He doesn't cuss and takes his grandma to church once a month.

    Seriously EVERYONE is scared of Omar. When he comes to rob stash houses, shotgun in hand in his trenchcoat, the people just THROW their bags of drugs out.


    I don't think he is a GOOD person, but just EXTREMELY interesting and one of the many reasons this show is amazing. Everyone is a shade of grey in this show...no one is perfect, which is what most cop/detective dramas do.

    http://www.hbo.com/thewire/cast/characters/omar.shtml
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    Nov 30, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    I like the cop from Southland. It wasn't obvious that his character was gay, until the end of the season.

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    Nov 30, 2009 4:20 AM GMT
    I fail to understand the excitement of a non-stereotypical character. Why not be excited about any gay character, or a diversity of characters?
  • vindog

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    Nov 30, 2009 6:09 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidI fail to understand the excitement of a non-stereotypical character. Why not be excited about any gay character, or a diversity of characters?


    Because the majority of gays portrayed on TV and in movies are basically like Jack from Will and Grace....funny, catty, feminine, fashion conscious, highly sexual=one dimensional and static....which does not represent the diversity of gay people at all. It's not exciting to see that same character portrayed consistently.

    Most gays I know do not fit that profile either, yet that stereotype is rammed down the throats of anyone watching. Omar represents a complex, non-stereotypical gay character unlike any I've ever found.