CBS To Premiere Gay/Straight Comedy “Partners” – Vapid Queen Steroetype Anyone?

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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4 Responses

  1. Bret says:

    I don’t agree with you at all on this Will.

    A) It’s a situational comedy. Given not a very good one from the previews, but it’s still a comedy. Putting it in little quotes doesn’t change that fact. If it’s not good the ratings will reflect that, and it’ll go off the air.

    B) Seriously? So now we can’t laugh at the more outrageous aspects of the gay community? This is what entertainment has always done. Find something small and raise it to the nth degree. This is a long standing tradition in TV. If this weren’t the case, then all the Jews, Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, etc. should all demand that shows be taken off the air. There would be no situational comedies if this were the case.

    C) This show was created by David Kohan & Max Mutchnick, the duo behind Will & Grace. While Max Mutchnick’s humor may not align with yours, that does not mean that he’s out to harm the gay community; Mutchnick is gay by the way. Did you think Will & Grace was offensive? Jack was an over-the-top stereotype that helped to break down many barriers with middle-America.

    To be 100% honest, just let entertainment be entertainment. Not everything is an insult.

    • Will Kohler says:

      While yes I agree that its situational comedy and it is fun to laugh. There are no LGBT day characters in dramatic series to set of the caricatures of these comedies.

      • Bret says:

        So what you are saying is it’s all or nothing? Either we have gay characters on every television show, or none at all. In my opinion that seems incredibly naive and shortsighted. I don’t know what you mean by LGBT day characters being in dramatic series’, but have you forgotten about the plethora of daytime, NETWORK, soap operas that featured gay story lines?

        There are more shows on mainstream television right now featuring lesbian and gay characters than ever before. To quote the Scottish author Samuel Smiles, “Progress, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.”

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