It has its issues concerning LBTQ stuff. But, it’s friendlier than most shows, so it has that much going for it.* As far as shows in recent memory go, Spartacus was better for LGBTQ friendliness, but that’s definitely an adult show.
*Don’t get me wrong: I watch Teen Wolf religiously.
I actually like Teen Wolf quite a bit. If you told me I’d be investing in a show about a group of teenage werewolves and their angsty supernatural hi-jinks before now I wouldn’t have believed it. I like 90 percent of the characters, appreciate the way the show is shot and generally like the pacing.
However, it being fairly gay friendly, toying with that whole Sterek subtext aside? The cannon gay characters have never been central to the plot (with the exception of the gay of the twin alphas). Even with the new bumpercrop of freshmen characters, it honestly looks as though the new kid is going to be a younger, chattier Danny who serves as the snarky bff quipping about hot guys on the lacrosse team and…doing little else. Wouldn’t mind this not being the case, but I don’t have an overwhelming amount of faith here.
I think that’s the general thing with Teen Wolf: we all started watching it ironically and it turned out to be pretty good. I came for the shirtless men and let the entire storyline just consume my soul.
But, yeah, that’s why I said friendlier, and not exactly friendly. So far, the only major gay character has been Ethan, and he kind of got written out of the show. The writers and producers have also done some things in very poor taste that deal with queerbaiting.
I don’t even consider Ethan a major gay character? Ethan and Danny had one steamy make out sesh, and implied sex throughout the 3rd Season, but I don’t think that makes them a major “gay” character. Ethans character spent more time fighting than being with Danny, and Danny often is used as “gay” comic relief. The sassy gay friend pigeonhole re-hashed in the form of a burly lacrosse player.
I said it in a post before, Teen Wolf dangles queer characters in an attempt to momentarily appease its fan base; or what some of you call queer baiting. People see anything LGTBQA related and scream for joy without realizing whether it really is something to be proud of or whether its just a cheap ploy to promote “representation”. I guess in any form representation is important, and the issue is not entirely Jeff Davis’s fault because I’m sure there’s a myriad of undercover works that are trying to deny in-depth gay characters.
My issue with Jeff Davis is that he seems to be living in the wrong time frame. He writes this show as if gays need to be freed from the class of sex-less eunuchs; which was an issue in the late 90s, early 00s. That idea basically promoted that gays are fine and dandy but they are sex-less, again implying that gays are less than. That their sex is immoral and shouldn’t be a topic of discussion at all. Which is a different facet of the same game trying to deny us our rights by saying we are less than.
I feel we’ve moved on from that. Everyone knows the slogan “We’re here and we’re queer.” And after the issues that arose from the AIDs epidemic people are definitely aware for some of the LGBTQA’s affinity for sex. I feel that now we need to show the world just how similar we are and that gay characters can have issues just like straight ones. Write a gay character whose depressed, write a gay character who gets beat, or thrown out, it doesn’t matter what the story is as long as it’s not out shined by all the other “straight” stories.
In the end all we really want from shows is to show just as many gay characters as there are straight ones on tv. Lord knows there are a million straight ones, and every straight love story has been done to death, so why not fill the void with gay stories?
have you ever shipped something so hard that you become irrationally happy and make a sound akin to steam escaping from a kettle every time they so much as stand next to each other
I’ve never understood the stereotype that women are more likely to faint at blood
I mean seriously
what do you think we do every month
THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WEREWOLF THING
AWH COME ON GUYS THAT WAS A SECRET FOR A REASON
I guess we have to come clean about the cult sacrafices too huh
Well now we do