The Real ’New Normal’: No Stereotyping
Having recently viewed the latest episode of "The New Normal," I admit I was both uncomfortable yet emotionally affected by the show. When the two partnered men found themselves confronted by a bigot in a department store, I was reminded of my own experiences in defending my sexual orientation and having to explain myself yet again to another narrow-minded stranger or family member.
Of course, a straight couple would rarely have to defend a public show of affection for one another. I bristled at the gay couple being reprimanded for showing theirs.
When is all this crap going to stop? Will it stop when all 50 states approve gay marriage? Or when the racists in America rid themselves of their hate and disapproval of those who are different from them or have a different belief system?
Being a big fan of "Modern Family," I am pleased that this sitcom, which promotes a gay relationship as its central characters, is such an overwhelming fan favorite and seems to enjoy nationwide approval. Although most of the scenes on the show are played for laughs, of course (as with the other sitcom mentioned above, "The New Normal"), "Modern Family" broaches many serious topics, such as gay marriage, gays parents and prejudice.
Now there is a new gay-themed show on the airwaves from the creators of "Will and Grace" called "Partners", with similar stereotypical characters we remember from the previous show. Which means there will be significantly less physically romantic moments in lieu of comic bits of fluff; similar to its predecessor, where it took forever for Will to finally find a love interest.
Although I appreciate the momentum in Hollywood to promote gay couplings with all the intricacies, do comic shows such as the ones mentioned above really give the American audience an authentic portrayal of our lives? Simply put, I want to see the trials and tribulations as well as, the physical and romantic passion of gay relationships; not just playing for the laughs and in the process, making us eunuchs.