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In an online petition, over 125,000 people have begged TLC not to air their hour-long special about women married to gay men in the Salt Lake City Mormon community, which was set to air last night. Despite the protests, it did air last night. People initially worried that this one-time special was actually a backdoor pilot, and that, and if it got attention, it’d lead to a whole series.
Well here we are again, have a seat, put your feet up; there’s a new study on diversity in Hollywood and, unsurprisingly, it’s really fucking terrible. GLAAD has released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index, which “maps the quantity, quality and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in films released by seven major motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar year.” The results are about what you’d expect: Of the 102 feature films released by major studios in 2013, exactly 17 of them so much as included an LGBT character. And less than half of those were characters with more than a single (often defamatory) dimension. It’d be pretty depressing if it weren’t so terribly predictable!
GLAAD has issued what it calls a “Studio Responsibility Report,” tracking the representation of LGBT people in film. Organized by studio, the report assigns ratings to each based on their performance. All the majors performed “adequately” except for two this year, Twentieth Century Fox and Disney, who both got failing grades. Fox struck out entirely; Disney did only marginally better with one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts in The Avengers. If that little tidbit about Disney seems so pathetic to you as to not even merit mention in this report, I would point out that even in the other studios’ cohorts the showing is rather weak. It’s a sad day when you have to count things like Seth MacFarlane’s TED and American Reunion in looking for gay characters. Brokeback Mountain these ain’t.
Out has published a long rant from novelist and occasional Internet provocateur Bret Easton Ellis that covers at length the following subjects: Jason Collins, the former NBA player who came out as gay two weeks ago with a controversial Sports Illustrated cover story, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the organization’s annual media awards, openly gay actor Matt Bomer, a defense of AIDS jokes, and the phenomenon he calls “the Gay Man as the Magical Elf.” Strap in folks, because there’s a lot to parse in this nearly 3,500-word screed in which Ellis places himself at the heart of a great debate about the nature of today’s gay man — a topic on which the writer seems to play both sides.