Monday, August 23, 2010

True Blood isn't staying True? The Gay Eunuch.

True Blood came on Sunday night. I love True Blood. I have to say it is truly one of my guilty pleasures, but it is quickly weaseling its way out of the 'guilty' category. Why? Sure, it's campy, and sure, it's full of supernatural beings, but its character development rocks.

Here's the funniest thing: A lot of people are really ticked about the way the characters are developing this season.

The gay character is actually - WHAT A SHOCK - finally expressing the gayness on TV! He's got a boyfriend, and they talk dirty to each other. There's been gay sex graphically portrayed. Also, there are fairies, werewolves, werepanthers, and the ubiquitous vampires.

Recently, while having our household True Blood party, Pseudo-Brother-In-Law said, "They need to keep the show realistic." This was in regards to the introduction of fairy folk into the show. Of course, Partner and I turned to him asking, "You want reality on a show about vampires and werewolves?"

But, what I don't get is the virulent outrage this season when presented with said gay sex. For two seasons prior, audiences have been tuning in with record numbers to see vampires and humans have sex in pools full of blood. I think there's a story line in there, but I distinctly remember the sex in blood. Several times. Sex while drinking blood, sex before killing, sex after killing, sex in order to kill. This season, though, there have been quite a number of instances of gay sex, gay dirty talk, gay gay gay all up on the TV.

Poking around on the internet, I've found several forums and debates going on where supposed long-time fans of the show are saying that the 'barrage' of gay sex is enough to turn them off of the series altogether. I'm just curious what folks thought was going to happen - in a show whose is appeal is couched in sex - with the introduction of more gay characters. Did folks think the gays are here to make everyone laugh? Merely entertainment for the masses?

I used to watch a fabulous show called Queer as Folk. On it a character named Brian was giving hell to a character named Emmett about being the local Queer Guy. You know, one of those gay makeover guys. Brian said that all of those fans of Emmett's wouldn't be his fans if they knew he fucked. If they knew he went home to a guy at night, got naked, and did very dirty things that won't be mentioned on this blog. His argument is that society at large wants to laugh at the little gay man, watch him prance and make jokes and be sassy. They're fine with him being a well-dressed, make-up wearing, mainstream pop-listening, image obsessed guy that takes your girlfriend shopping while you play video games with your bros.

The gay eunuch doesn't have a penis, and if he does have a boyfriend, he doesn't have a penis either. They're like Ken dolls. Pretty, well-proportioned guys without any orifices to speak of.

I have to admit, after growing up with a show lineup choice that never included gay folks doing gay things, it was quite surprising to see a mainly heterosexual show go there. But, I'm glad it did. The writers aren't ignoring the personal lives of their gay characters. They could have easily continued on with the rest of the characters and left the gay ones superficial, one-dimensional eunuchs. As is, True Blood is becoming one of the first shows on television to fully develop every single character as a complete human.

And I love them for it.

Tell me what you think about the new developments in season three of True Blood! Comment, tweet, or email IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

6 comments:

  1. This article makes me *headdesk* and cry.

    Not because it's bad or because I disagree with it. But because I LIVE IN THE UK AND SERIES 3 ISN'T OUT YET AND NOW I KNOW THERE'S ALL SORTS OF GOOD STUFF!!!

    SPOILER ALERTS ARE NEEDED!!!!!!!!

    That said, I do read the books so I know it was all coming. But still, I wanted to be surprised!!

    Please, Fire Lyte, for the sake of you readers and listeners outside of America, INCLUDE SPOILER ALERTS!

    Please? xxx Aria

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  2. SPOILER ALERT....

    The "gayness" of this season , to me, is noteworthy only because we had not seen it so in focus in this series until now. We know from the books that Eric did have a homosexual relationship with his maker initially. The only thing that bothers me about this season so far, is that the writers are making Sam into a bad guy. Now he's a stone cold killer? REALLy??? SAM, the ONLY person that Sookie could ALWAYS count on. Sam Merlotte, with a heart of pure gold in ALL the books??? I wish they hadn't done this.

    Peace,
    Chris.........

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  3. The people that have been complaining about the openly gay love scenes make me shake my head and laugh at them. Did they think that Lafayette would be celibate?! There's also Pam who is clearly a lesbian...oh wait, they are okay with that. It's a sure sign of ignorance and stupidity to say lesbians and hetero sex is just fine but keep those boys apart. The way it is done is true to the feelings they are trying to express and that's all it needs. I for one have seen enough of Anna Paquin in EVERY episode to make it boring now.

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  4. I think the gay scenes are deliciously hot, and on the other hand heartwarmingly sweet. I have been thrilled to see a gay relationship portrayed on TV as being sexy and meaningful all at once. And I just LOVE the character, Jesus. I can't wait to learn more about him.

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  5. It just reminded me of all the controversy when married couples were actually shown sleeping in the same bed. Remembering the Dick VanDyke show with the twin beds and yet they had a son (visitation I guess) Of course, rarely is it heard anyone being called Dick anymore either. I am very glad to see the characters of True Blood being exactly who they are with depth as well as sexy and hot.

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  6. I truly think it is about time that a show(even if only on HBO) shows things that really happen! Of course I am talking about gay sex.... I find the series even more interesting and in this house we have family night every Sunday night which includes my 17 year old daughter , my 25 year old son and me their mom! I am 47 years old and I am all for TRUE BLOOD with its gay sex and faeries and vamps and everything else!

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