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Thoughts: Revenge’s Take on Gay

November 4, 2011

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen this week’s episode of Revenge or plan on eventually watching Revenge, part of the plot is highlighted in the post. You have been warned.

First, if you are watching Revenge then you know this show is amazing. You are literally on the edge of your seat gripping the couch you are sitting on. I honestly scream at least twice an episode and am always surprised about what is happening. So many twists and turns make the roller coaster of emotion an enjoyable ride throughout the whole show.

This week, we found out what I expected the whole season–there would a gay plot on Revenge. The second Tyler (Daniel Grayson’s ‘best friend’ from Harvard) stepped into the picture, I knew he was bad news and I shouted “mo.” I don’t know why I thought it initially, but I just got a feeling this show would have a “gay” character–quotations because he’s a hustler.

When Nolan (Emily Thornes accomplice) mentioned he has dabbled in male pond, it was clear the gay plot would be between him and Tyler. Even though I love love love gay romance and story lines in primetime television, this is the first time I do not want one.

I do not like the fact the dialogue seemed to lead to the notion that being gay is a choice. This is especially apparent with the fact Tyler is a hustler and essentially “gay for pay.” Yes, I understand there are men in the world who actually get paid to play gay (i.e. pornstars), but this is not something you want broadcast on national television on a show that is gaining extremely high ratings (and a cemented place in my heart).

Let’s face it, the country is split 50/50 on their thoughts on gays. Why give the 50% that are haters “evidence” that gay is a choice? Broadcasting this hustler fooling around with someone who is just “having fun” with guys is a negative image of gay culture and only hinders changing people’s opinions.

I’m not asking for a Kurt and Blaine relationship, but I am looking for a substantial, “I’m gay” or “I’m bi” stance without being wishy washy.

I am fine, however, with everyone having their shirts off.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Jenna November 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I LOVE REVENGE. I hate Tyler. And Eric Van Der Woodsen is killing it

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