Wednesday, January 31, 2007

More Confusion On "Ugly Betty"

The LA Times talks about "Ugly Betty" and the show's welcoming tone to characters that are different. But just like "Heroes" and their gay teen, it is absurd of the people behind "Ugly Betty" to suggest that the 12 year old brother of Betty isn't clearly depicted as gay. No, he isn't dating, he hasn't come out and he may not even know he's gay himself. But every single scene this boy is in reinforces the idea that he is gay...and that his family is aware he's "different" and loves him. The simple fact is that if they turned around and decided the kid was straight -- like the soon-to-disappear best friend of the cheerleader on "Heroes" -- it would be a betrayal of the fans they won by making him gay in the first place.


Anonymous said...

Michael: I caught last week's Halloween episode and the kid was dressed as Gene Kelly from
On The Town, complete with tap dancing. That is not so subtle gay code...who's fooling who? We all know he a poofter in training...and this is written by someone who never missed the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour because it was "stylish"

Michael in New York said...

Exactly. That's why I've been annoyed with the show's creators who insist we're stereotyping gays when we assume this kid must be. Uh, they're telling us he is a dozen different ways every time he's onscreen so stop pretending already.