Michael Patrick King, the openly-gay Sex and the City scribe, and, in this decade, the man behind 2 Broke Girls, is coming under fire for reportedly throwing a tantrum as he defends his exhaustive exploitation of gay stereotypes. Details follow.
In an interview with The Wrap that quickly became heated (with some who were present saying that King even "threw a tantrum"), the seasoned TV maestro says that because he's a comedy writer he is free to echo offensive stereotypes.
The Wrap: So are you—does that mean that you're not going to go back to the Asian stereotypes?
MICHAEL PATRICK KING: I'm gay. I'm putting in ... gay stereotypes every week. I don't find it offensive, any of this. I find it—I find it comic to take everybody down. That's what we're doing.
Does being a part of one traditionally disenfranchised group make it then carte blanche to make fun of other traditionally disenfranchised groups?
No ... I would say that you could rephrase that being a comedy writer gives you permission to be an outsider and poke fun at what people think about other people.
How do you feel about Michael's defense? Should he be free to perpetuate stereotypes that many different groups might consider offensive just because he has a TV bullhorn?
(Source: The Wrap)