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Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Characters Who Should Be Gay
One of the frustrating things about being a gay consumer of popular film and television is that, from the gay culture, you've learned to pick up on subtle clues and hints that often generally indicate that someone is gay. Than you settle down for some mainstream entertainment and you see a character that your every instinct is screaming must be gay. And, of course, the writers and producers never have the nerve to follow through on that and just let the character be gay.
I've talked about this before. Basically, Nick is such a cipher, his role on the show is usually reduced to "generically good looking white guy." But there's something about that good ol' boy demeanor that just feels gay to me. He's like every Southern gay men who ran away from some rural back-water to the big city I've ever met. Plus, if they let him be gay, they'd be able to have him get unprofessionally upset about cases with gay victims or suspects, since "investigator takes a case personally" is the biggest cliche on the show.
A sensitive artist, one with an addiction to a slightly unfashionable drug. He then goes on to forge a non-sexual relationship with a pregnant woman/single mother, and attempts to create a non-traditional family with her. That's the plot of about a dozen gay films, right there. Add in Charlie's slightly skewed sense of humor and you've got a recipe for a big ol' 'mo. No wonder he hangs out with Hurley so often. He probably likes bears.
Actually, I've only seen one episode of My Name is Earl, but Randy seems to have garnered a strong gay following, so why the hell not.
Lives with an older man who pays for his company. Primary care-giver for two boys not related to him. Works out a lot. Oh yeah, big old queen.
An attractive, successful lawyer, living in New York. Completely asexual and spends all his free time seeing to the emotional needs of a neurotic woman who's allegedly his "friend." And he takes his clothes off a lot. If the producers would just let Will be gay, he could be a strong role model and example of how to present positive gay images in the media. As it is, just having him be a vaguely gay-acting straight man only serves to reinforce the lack of those same positive images.