I think we've all heard something like this before. Even though millions of gay men don't really care that much about musical theater (me included...I never liked musical theater), the stereotype that all gay men love musical theater continues to make the rounds as we move into 2020. They even do this on TV shows like Grace and Frankie. A good deal of the gay story line on that show revolves around two older gay men and musical theater. I get that, because older straight people who are so-called gay allies tend to stereotype us the most. I don't think there's anything wrong with it other than the fact that it gives wrong impressions to those who don't know any better.
Here's a good example. In this article, a straight guy is wondering if he's gay because he likes musical theater. So he asked one of those advice columnists for clarification and this is how they replied.
“Liking musical theater doesn’t make you gay or mean that you’re unconsciously gay,” she informs him. “Nor does lisping, wearing fancy clothes, emotional sensitivity, or any of the other details our culture might associate with homosexual interests.”
She goes on to explain that being gay has nothing to do with any of the gay stereotypes we've all been taught to believe are true for everyone.
Here's the link. Now if we could only get Hollywood and the people over at Grace and Frankie to understand this. Of course there's nothing wrong with the stereotypes, and I want to make that clear, too. It's simply that gay men are just as different as straight men.
What Would a Gay Hallmark Movie Be Like?
Here's one of those critical pieces where they discuss Hallmark movies in general, and what a gay Hallmark movie might possibly be like. It's all speculation right now. I don't agree with this kind of quasi elitism at all, and frankly I like Hallmark movies for what they are: pure entertainment for the sake of escapism. And I know that millions of other people would agree with me. Just check the ratings for Hallmark. So if they were to make a gay Hallmark movie that follows formula romance, I'm all for it. I think viewers would love it. In fact, I think it's high time gay people had their own simple, happily-ever-after endings.
With that said, this article expresses a different kind of opinion about what a gay Hallmark movie would be like, and they give some back story about what happened last week with Hallmark pulling gay wedding ads.
For Hallmark to stay soothing, there will be no disowning upon coming out, no religion-inflicted trauma and only the lightest touch of humorous homophobia when the horse-drawn carriage driver is embarrassed to realize the two gentlemen in the back are not, in fact, brothers.
You can read the rest here. There are something like 244 comments that you'll want to check out as well. The opinions are interesting. Frankly, I just want to see a gay character run away with a Scottish Duke and live happily-ever-after once in my life.
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