When we were talking about the lack of LGBTQ representation in TV and media, it made me think about all of the shows I used to watch as a kid, because I don’t watch all that much TV these days. Every show I watched, I cannot remember one character AT ALL who was LGBTQ. Often times, characters who acted outside of their gender norms were mocked, or purposely depicted as weird. I feel like this was an attempt by major media outlets to culturally condition the youth to dislike or discourage “non-normative” behavior. Normative, of course, by their definition, being a heterosexual white person.
On Netflix, there’s this show I’ve watched called Schitt’s Creek (HIGHLY recommend) and one of the main characters, who also happens to be a fan favorite is pansexual. The show, while very funny, does have its important moments where valuable lessons are taught, and sort of makes me wonder what the problem/hold up is for mainstream US television to start having more representation from that community. The pushback would come from evangelicals, I imagine, and to that I say, who cares what sort of sexual preferences are implied by a character in a show if the show is good regardless? What could possibly be the criticism in this scenario besides simple discrimination and hatred?
I’m glad that there are more platforms for media in today’s day and age though, because it allows for competition and representation for communities that wouldn’t be otherwise. I believe this pressures the mainstream to join us here in the 21st century and decide that it’s time to stop being so exclusive to anyone whom falls outside of the “norm”.