July 6, 2016

REPRESENTATION

However, it’s so contradictory for him to say that he doesn’t want any sort of affection on TV (to not ignite any sexual/emotional feelings upon the young child) but then after say that he notices his young kids interest in women. What that screams to me is “Ah! I clearly have an issue with gay people.”


Representation is a very important matter to [almost] everyone who is a person of color/part of the LGBT+ community. Since the beginning of TV and film Hollywood has lacked the inclusion of POC or the LGBT+ community, which has resulted in the boycotting of many of them. Many directors have attempted representing all races and sexualities in their films – but most of the time have failed. Movies such as Stonewall, Cleopatra and sadly to say, Evita (played by Madonna), are a few films that are failed cases of representation. I don’t even understand how someone can make a movie about an Argentinian woman and cast a white actress.

That seems a bit bogus to me.

Many TV shows have successfully been able to represent all kinds of people; Orange is The New Black or Empire are results of it. However, some people have been angered of things like that. Take for example Louisiana born rapper, Boosie, who just days ago caught himself in a web of ignorance by making comments about the amount of gay characters on TV. He stated, “They’re trying to make everyone fucking gay. That’s what I think. They’re putting it in our culture, they’re putting everywhere – gay stuff is everywhere, you know.” After finishing his accusation of the unauthentic interest of gays on TV, he stated, “They have gays on cartoons, these are kids, let kids make their own decisions if they want to go that way.” Which is partially true, I don’t think children should be watching anything sexual simply because they won’t understand. However, it’s so contradictory for him to say that he doesn’t want any sort of affection on TV (to not ignite any sexual/emotional feelings upon the young child) but then after say that he notices his young kids interest in women. What that screams to me is “Ah! I clearly have an issue with gay people.”

He went on to talk about his upbringing stating that “it was not like that when he was coming up” and even mentioned beating the “gay out of his child” if they’d ever turned out to be gay. I mean it’s one thing to dislike a certain community of people but to actually take action upon it is something else. I personally feel like he shouldn’t even have kids to begin with. Threatening to beat your child for something uncontrollable is disgusting and dangerous on so many levels. Can you imagine all his fans as they watch the interview parading him along? It’s such a depressing thing to think about. He is the reason that I can, from time to time, be against black comedy; he twists people’s minds and put them on a path where they eventually believe everything that is said. 

I find it ignorant to say that gay characters on TV would somehow “convert” another person gay because I, myself, have watched many TV shows [with straight characters] throughout my life and, not surprisingly, I’m still gay. It’s as simple as that. The entire point of even having gay characters is to reflect life through a screen and show the other percentage of the population. This may come as a surprise but we deserve as much on screen representation as all straight people do in those unoriginal films like The Notebook or If I Stay.

Things like this are the reason that hate crimes like the Orlando shooting or Matthew Shepard’s murder happen – people like Boosie are to blame for continuing a legacy of hatred and ignorance in unnecessary situations. And those are just 2 of the biggest hate crime cases that I know about. Around the world thousands of people are executed for staying true to themselves. While watching the stomach-turning interview I realized that he spoke with so much compassion for the rapists that got to jail. Not assuming anything just something to think about.

According to him: in 10 years half of the population will be marching around with rainbow flags and I really don’t see the problem with that? I’ll gladly await here for that day to arrive. Can you imagine how amazing that’ll be - to finally feel somewhat equal to everybody else?

I’m definitely not hurt. I don’t believe anybody is. You have to remember that LGBT+ people have grown up and lived in generations where you’re constantly picked on for being gay. It’s kind of like trying to slice a watermelon with a spoon; it’s just not realistic. We’re numb to the comments of other uneducated people. We’ve simply molded ourselves in an anti-queer society. 

Model // Alexandra Franco
Photography by Fernando Reyes 

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