There’s been some complaining in the LGBT community as of late with some people upset about “stereotypes” on NBC’s The New Normal that premiered two weeks ago.
To those complaining about TNN. You ain’t seen nothing to complain about yet!
On Monday CBS will premiere its new “comedy” Partners which revolves around two men — Louis (gay played by Ugly Betty’s Micheal Urie) and Joe (straight, played by NUMBERS David Krumholtz) — who’ve been best friends since childhood and are also business partners. Their “relationship” begins to change when Joe enters into a serious heterosexual romantic relationship and Louis becomes jealous..
After watching the cringe-worthy preview while its good that some television shows are trying to reach out to gay audiences and include gay and lesbians characters in their shows. The gay stereotype in Partners of the character Louis in Partners, a yoga practicing, self-absorbed, jealous queen is about as offensive as it gets even if the show is being billed as a “comedy”
Now its alright for us to laugh at ourselves, but what about the other 90 percent of straight audiences that this show will reach. Without any other strong gay characters on television at the moment is this how the gay community should be presented?
At least The New Normal has a moral. One of that love is love and a family can be made of anyone.
All that Partners displays is that all gay men are silly, jealous, sneaky, vapid queens who want to grow up to marry Bette Midler and don’t like to share.
Partners should be dissolved and CBS should be ashamed of themselves.