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Or something fucking annoying about one complaint I’ve seen or heard.
**REAL QUICK: I do not mind if you don’t think you’ll like the show. Maybe it’s not your style, or your sensibility, or you don’t feel like laughing at problematic people being problematic because you deal with that shit in real life way too much. I’d love you to watch it but those complaints are normal and fine in my brain cage.**
But I keep seeing/hearing people who a.) complain it’s homophobic then B.) claim it’s homophobic because the character Grant (who is our very funny show creator) wrote goes to jail then comes out gay. Like, as if we’re saying jail “turned him.”
And I know we never explicitly say “this is a gay 18 year old who went to jail for ten years then came out, you know, still gay - but the more interesting aspect to us is how spending formative years in jail shapes every aspect of your personality, including sexuality. And his sexuality happens to be homosexual.”
And we didn’t say that for hopefully obvious reasons. One was that Bryan Cranston wasn’t available to say it. Another was that it’d be fucking stupid.
BUT THE THING IS, THERE’S NO JOKE IN THE TRAILER THAT INTONES HE WENT IN STRAIGHT AND “TURNED” GAY, EITHER!!
So that means YOU are putting it on this character, and YOU are assuming that’s how a gay excon MUST be portrayed by dumb comedians. Reading the particular article that championed this idea - which was on a pro-LGBQT sit - the second they mentioned that “damning point” I felt like leaning back and throwing up my hands like “WHOOOOA DUDE! That’s fucked up! Why would you even say that?”
I always want like a liiiiittle more benefit of the doubt from people when it comes to stuff. Not too much but just maybe a tiny bit more.
I guess prison can’t actually TURN you gay, but it certainly provides opportunity .. When in Rome…