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MTV’s Teen Wolf to Feature Out Gay Character

I think it’s really progressive; this isn’t a puff piece for me to show how good I am at bending over backwards to make sure gay people feel good about themselves. Gay people are assholes, sometimes, just like the rest of us. That said, I’m really happy they’re including a gay character, because it’s a sure sign that as time goes by, gays and lesbians are gradually being integrated into the community, whether overzealous religious freaks and conservative assholes, like it or not. Sorry, they happen to be human beings, and they have every right to enjoy life like we do. Which makes me wonder how Victoria Jackson will respond to even more gay situations on TV, –and if she’ll finally be silenced by gay snipers… with pink guns. Will the gay hottie on MTV’s Teen Wolf get a chance to become a werewolf?! Now -that- would be badass.

AfterElton.com has more details:

We’re still more than two months from the launch of MTV’s reboot of Teen Wolf, a much more serious take on the frequently remade movie (think Vampire DiariesBuffy, and, well, much of the current TV lineup), but I’d heard months ago that the show would feature a gay character and now AfterElton.com can confirm that exclusively.

Meet Danny played by Keahu Kahuanui!

I don’t have a ton of details just yet, but I can tell you that Danny is the best friend of Jackson (Colton Haynes) who is at least initially rivals with the show’s hero Scott McCall (Tyler Posey). Danny is out (yay!) and both he and Jackson play on the school’s lacrosse team.

We first meet Danny in the second episode, he appears in half of the twelve episodes and even has a boyfriend. I’ll keep scouting for more info on the character like whether or not Danny has any supernatural aspects, so stay tuned.

Oh, and kudos to Jeff Davis, the show’s out writer, for including a gay character in the show. It’s yet another example of how having gay folks in the writer’s room can make a huge difference.

And to tide you over until the show debuts Sunday June 5, right after the MTV Movie Awards, here are some pics of the very pretty cast.”

The out gay guy, boyfriend included, is definitely going to piss some people off, but seriously, I very much doubt MTV cares, –they have more money than God. And according to AfterElton’s post, it seems like there might be something supernatural about Danny. I think he should be a werewolf, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned out to be a vampire… or a Wiccan or something like that. Even though vampires are the -enemy-. Altogether, I have to say, I think it’s going to turn out great, and I hope the rest of the cast will be as diverse, –hopefully, they’ll toss a lesbian in there, and a few ethnicities to even things out.

 

10 replies on “MTV’s Teen Wolf to Feature Out Gay Character”

I would go for wolf. We have enough gay and bi vamps on TV, and witches/wiccans as well I think. The werewolf is still seen as the portrayal of the straight male, a gay werewolf on TV would be something new.

I’m ambevilent towards a gay wolf…. there’s a character in the Mercy Thompson books who’s a Gay Werewolf. For the t.v… okay…

It wouldn’t bother me.

There are already a few gay and bisexual were-characters in literature (you can find some on amazon by searching for gay and werewolf), yet so far I know of none in TV, especially not wolves.

“I think it’s really progressive; this isn’t a puff piece for me to show how good I am at bending over backwards to make sure gay people feel good about themselves. Gay people are assholes, sometimes, just like the rest of us.”

Clearly.

It strikes me as ridiculous for your first comment regarding the presence of a LGBT character is that some gay people are assholes. Yes. Some are, but this is true of every demographic in the world. Pointing it out is completely unnecessary, like saying an apple is a fruit. Sure it’s true, but nobody needs it pointed out. Frankly, gay people get enough crap, there’s no need to stack another meaningless negative comment in their corner. You don’t exactly need to balance out an overly positive bias towards them after all. Quite the contrary, we’re trying to get them the respect and dignity that has been robbed of them through no fault of their own by the aspersions cast upon them for generations.

For God’s sake get over it already. I took what she was saying as a positive comment, showing that gay people are just like straight people. Some are nice, and some are dicks. That’s just the way of the world. I love when people like you are so over-dramatic and sensitive about everything. Everybody is so worried about gettin their little feelings hurt. It’s pathetic. Everybody needs to grow the fuck up. There are worse things to worry about, but I’m sure everyone would get melodramatic about that shit too.

“For God’s sake get over it already.”

I don’t think she meant to be inconsiderate, but homosexuals are a very marginalized group with some of the highest suicide rates in America. It might not seem like a very big deal to mention that there are gay assholes but reminding people of the worst of a demographic when it comes up, just because it has come up reenforces negative associations with an entire demographic. The fact now, after a few decades of the gay pride movement, we are finally starting to accept LGBT people into the mainstream does not mean that gay people are somehow being giving inappropriately positive treatment, it means they’re finally starting to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve regardless of their sexuality.

So just think for a moment. Is it normal for the mention of a Hispanic or vegan person in conversation to lead to caveat that there are some assholes in those demographics? No. It is completely irrelevant. It is a irrelevant because there are assholes in all demographics. It is universally understood. Bringing it up adds nothing to the quality of the content, and it does denigrate and entire group of people by associating them with negative comments.

“I love when people like you are so over-dramatic and sensitive about everything. Everybody is so worried about gettin their little feelings hurt. It’s pathetic. Everybody needs to grow the fuck up. There are worse things to worry about, but I’m sure everyone would get melodramatic about that shit too.”

Words matter. And LGBT folks are only barely starting to gain respect from the mainstream. If we allow negativity or indifference to the LGBT community to creep into our words those words will foster an environment where it is acceptable to treat one group of people with less respect than another. This is real. Homosexual teenagers have the highest suicide rates and it wasn’t so long ago that Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die on the side of the road. These things don’t occur in a vacuum. As far as I can see the least any of us can do to make the world a better place, where all of us are treated with dignity is to treat those around us with respect and dignity.

And that includes not using the mere mention of a demographic as a reason for highlighting that some of them are dicks. At lest not unless you also take the time to highlight every other demographic that also includes dicks so as not single any one group out unfairly.

Which is more important, your ability to bandy about pejoratives or the people that might be damaged by them? Which is more important? A word or a person?

“Which is more important? A word or a person?”

Equally useless, but I may be a sociopath. Not exactly a philanthropist.

This is just rephrasing what I already said but I think it better illustrates why I’m bothered. Evaluate if this statement is an reasonable way to discuss Cate Blanchett being cast to play Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There”:

“I think it’s really progressive; this isn’t a puff piece for me to show how good I am at bending over backwards to make sure women feel good about themselves. Women are bitches, sometimes, just like the rest of us.”

Maybe you just don’t care and are equally happy with the above statement as with the one I initially criticized. But it would never even occur to most people to even utter something like that about women. And if such a thing were said I don’t think anyone would respond to those that found the statement to be offensive the way that you responded to my complaint. Again:

“I love when people like you are so over-dramatic and sensitive about everything. Everybody is so worried about gettin their little feelings hurt. It’s pathetic. Everybody needs to grow the fuck up. There are worse things to worry about, but I’m sure everyone would get melodramatic about that shit too.”

This is not ok. The initial statement about gay people should be no less accepted than it would be if it were applied to any other group. It is a grotesque thing when a culture fosters a certain level of respect for the most of its members, but categorically denies them to a select minority. Take note.

Note taken. The fact is that I don’t really care either way. I just get tired of the relentless whining of 99% of people in this world, and even more tired of people trying to “school” people from the safety of the desktop. You’re probably right about all of this, I guess. You think you are so that’s enough for me. Nobody really gets respect anyway. Some just fly under the radar better than others. I respect strength of body and of will, as my little world seems to require. Anyway, I concede to you. You will have the last word, I’m sure, but just letting you know you win.

P.S. Don’t tell me it’s not about winning. Despite what people say, even subconsciously, it’s ALWAYS about winning. Ok, sorry, I’m done now.

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