Welp, this sucks (no pun intended).
According to new research, TV’s portrayal of gay men is based on “unrealistic” positive stereotypes.
Now, do you think it was the Family Research Council or Focus on the Family that’s responsible for a study claiming that gay dudes on the small screen are just too dag-gum accomplished?
If you answered “neither,” you’re right. It’s psychologists from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge that gave us that research.
You see, the problem is that there are so many positive gay role models on TV that real gay dudes, many of whom are screwed in the head, can’t possibly live up to those expectations.
In other words, the study is promoting the soft bigotry of queer expectations.
Impossibly glamorous, witty and fashionable gay characters risk leaving real-life gay men lacking self-confidence.
The study suggests that stereotypes portrayed on screen may amount to ‘positive prejudice’ which could damage the well-being of gay men.
Researchers warned against painting gay characters – who often appear on screen as the best friend of a female lead – as ‘one-dimensional figures’.
So, apparently, the poor gay dudes can’t win either way. If there are positive gay role models on TV, then real gays get depressed because they can’t live up to the stereotype. On the other hand, if gay guys are portrayed poorly on TV, then straight people get a bad impression of them.
We’re looking forward to seeing how the gay rights mafia agitates over this one.