Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cast of "Modern Family" Suing 20th Century Fox

When I read that the cast of "Modern Family" was suing 20th Century Fox for what allegedly boils down to more money which you can read about here, I had to wonder how smart that actually is in a time when TV has been considered a dying industry by some. Back in the day when the cast of "Friends" could command a million plus an episode, things were was different...hell, cell phones were as big as regular phones. And all eyes were glued to the TV on Thursday nights.

Not so much anymore. I'm one of the few people I know with a complete cable package that has all the premium channels. And I'm not sure how long that will last because I'm tired of paying that much money each month to tune in and watch a reality show about the Hutterites. I'm not joking about this either.

I'm also not a huge fan of "Modern Family" because I'm not fond of the way they portray gay men. The gay couple in that show aren't like any of the gay couples I know. I'm sure there are two effeminate gay men in a relationship somewhere, and I'm not bashing that or complaining about that just to be clear. I would just like to see Modern family balance the act a little and maybe have another gay couple join the cast that isn't quite as stereo typical as the couple they have now.

We're not all like that. I've written about this before and I'm speaking from my own experience as a gay man who has been in a relationship for twenty years. Yes, as I said there are gay couples like the couple in "Modern Family" and I would like to emphasize once again there's nothing wrong with that. But it seems to be the way TV portrays gay men all the time...or for the most part. A few do get it right. "The United States of Tara" was one of those shows, and that was cancelled. "Shameless" seems to be spot on, too. In fact, "Shameless" is breaking the stereotypes. I guess what I'm trying to say is that just like all people of African descent don't look alike (one of the most insulting stereotypes of all time in history), not all gay men speak with lisps and have limp wrists. Plain and simple.

We stopped watching "Modern Family" about a year ago, and not just because of the gay factor TVfail. We thought the storyline was getting tired and we found that half hour getting longer and longer each week. We wound up setting the DVR and trying to watch it later in the week. That wound up in "delete."


T.D. McFrost said...

Well that's surprising. Not! With so many breakout stars, the biggest being Sofia Vegara, they should expect these demands. Heck, from the very first time I started seeing MF everywhere I knew the cast were going to demand some crazy ass paychecks.

I only like Luke, the little red head boy, and his crazy antics. I also like Phil--he's dopey and funny as hell. I DO NOT like either one of the gay couple because all they do is whine, scream or cry. And is it just me, or is their daughter the most insufferable brat ever to brace Television? I know I'm not supposed to hate kids--and I don't--, but I despise that brat WITH. A. PASSION.

I'll say it again, I have a gay buddy who is the most manliest man there is. I think some Hollywood writers create characters they think the viewers will know and identify with. Why break the mold when you don't know if the mold is good or not?

ryan field said...

I agree completely. I also think you bring up a very good point about your gay friend. It makes me wonder how the straight guys who are not big strong manly men feel. A lot of straight guys I know aren't the manliest. It's like reverse profiling in a way. That's why I like shows like "Shameless."