A Peek at Gays on TV
The second coming of Will and Grace was hailed as a landmark to stem the recent tide of homophobia on TV news. I'll admit that I couldn't even finish the first episode of the series because it was so supercilious and silly. I found the gay twit stereotypes offensive. A wave of homophobia has sprung up after the election of Trump and his cabinet. That backlash is promoted by the radical right, but his comments are only intended to tear down everything and everyone as a means to feed his ego. LGBT people are only some of the folks subject to his attacks.
Spectrum in Raleigh doesn't carry the Here channel, and most of the Logos channel programming seems to be Rue Paul reruns. So what if the new Star Trek has token gay characters? Is that really so bizarre in the 21st Century? We've had Ellen and Rachel Maddow for years as positive models for the LGBT community. Even Oprah Winfrey has promoted LGBT individuals and issues.
Although I have subscribed to the LGBTQ Nation online newsletter for years, I was surprised in following through on some of the articles that came from You Tube. We're even on TED talks, and the wholesome series Gay Family Values has been running for years. I'm sure there are a lot more than I just haven't explored yet. I'm too swamped with Facebook and Twitter LGBT feeds that are more than I can follow. The 50-year-old magazine The Advocate is now doing even more videos,
Network TV was presumed to be harder to break through than cable TV because of the concerns of advertisers, regulators, and corporate management. Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper broke the glass ceiling on CNN. The soap operas on network television have had gay characters for decades. Of course, the issues have been how gays and lesbians are portrayed and how much the characters are just another cliché. Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be an embarrassment,
GLAAD has been in the forefront of promoting LGBT issues and educating the media as well as the public for more than 30 years. It continues not only to monitor but also to challenge the media when it missteps.
Showtime took a giant leap in 2000 with the series Queer as Folk with some of the most explicit sex scenes ever seen on TV. Of course, gay porn is widespread on the dark Internet, as some of our politicians and ministers have revealed.
The shock value of gays on television wore off a long time ago, but the bigotry lingers on. Just when we through we had moved beyond the discrimination in the military and public employment, we're facing an explosion of violence in real life as well as on the screen. I refuse to respond when so many nut cases make inflammatory statements intended to promote their own notoriety. It doesn't matter whether they are published in print, on TV, or on the Internet. Reacting with anger is counter-productive. Let them suffer the ignominious obscurity they so richly deserve. Reporting on their mouthful of garbage only feeds their ego and expands the number of copy-cats.