LGBT representation in modern media and how it has a negative impact on…
LGBT representation in modern media and how it has a negative impact on the community.
Many reviews aim to compare two movies even if they aren't very similar to each other. This article compares the hollywood produced Love, Simon– a movie focusing on coming out and telling loved ones you're gay– with Alex Strangelove– a Netflix movie that surrounds the confusion of realizing one's gay when dating someone he's trying to lose his virginity to. It highlights their differences and makes an argument as to why Love, Simon is the better "version" despite the fact that both of the movies center around their own topics.
Out of all media types to date, movies have become the most inclusive and accepting, although they are still far behind where we need to be. They tend to have many somewhat problematic romantic plotlines and some of them can go overlooked for the sake of being progressive even though they have somewhat negative parts to the relationship. There are many popular movies that do this, such as, Call me by Your Name. The movie seems progressive and very open about the relationship, however there are problematic patters of predatory romance shown throughout.
Queerbaiting is the act of hinting at two same sex characters getting together through subcontext and supposed hints from the writers while never actually showing the relationship on screen or claiming that it was solely audience interpretation. Meanwhile they add a character of the opposite gender solely to be a romantic partner when no chemistry is present.
Many areas of media rely on stereotypes, however, the shows and movies that do include LGBT characters are far outnumbered by those that don't even mention the community, let alone show anyone apart of it. The statistics between how much of the population LGBT people are vs. how much representation is shown on TV don't match up in the slightest.
Inclusion in books
The most negative aspects of representation in books is when a writer finishes their series or stand alone and once it's over they begin to claim that the characters in their books, who had no hints or examples of being in the community, are suddenly a part of it. The worst offender of this is J.K. Rowling who claimed that her character Dumbledore way gay long after the series was finished.
Although book have become far more diverse and accepting, there are still issues with main stream books and their ideas of representation. They seem to have come father along than the movie industry, yet there are still many issues with the representation as they are lacking.
A majority of the decent representation in books comes from the Y.A genre, which is often looked down upon for the style of writing and basic story plots. These books have issues as well, though, as they often only show the stories of white gay boys in novels that are mostly written by women.
Many television outlets don't even include LGBT characters, and when they do they're more often than not gay males. If they do happen to be gay or bi women, they're likely to die on screen for the sake of shock value, or they are simply side characters that don't show up consistently in the series.
There are many stereotypes that television shows rely on to create comedy or help them develop the character without actually adding a personality outside of the typical traits related to gay people. They also enjoy bringing out the negatives of gay culture that aren't necessarily correct.