Have We Reached A 'Post-Gay' Era On TV? 'Sean Saves The World' Creator Seems To Think So
Have we entered a "post-gay" world--at least on television?
Victor Fresco, the creator of Sean Hayes' new NBC sitcom Sean Saves The World seems to think so, or at least he hopes to bring a "post-gay" television show to audiences.
According to Deadline, which covered the show's Television Critics Association presentation:
One of the keys to Hayes’ character is that, like his Will & Grace alter ego, he’s gay. And Fresco believes that show’s impact was to help open up network primetime to embrace gay characters on shows like Modern Family and now Sean Saves the World. “Without Will & Grace, we would not be here right now,” Fresco stressed. “But I think of this as a post-gay show where there is a gay man at the center but it’s not about his being gay.” Indeed, for his part, Hayes is proud of the fact that primetime has now progressed to the point where a gay character’s “gayness” can be incidental. “It’s an afterthought just like any other character or minority now,” he emphasized, “which is how it should be. It’s even sad that it’s a question, really.” Hayes admitted that he would like that his previous show “had a big influence on the gay movement in America.”
Not that Hayes was thinking about any of that when he got the Will & Grace job. “I was 26. It was a job, nothing more.” What he says he could never have envisioned is that a byproduct of that would be “opening people’s minds and maybe educating them without them knowing about the normalcy of gay people. They’re just like black people, Jewish people, or anyone else people in small towns can have their means to get to know.”
What do you think, Instincters? In a world where gay teens are still committing suicide, the Russian LGBT community can be jailed for "anti-gay propaganda," and "Kill The Gay" bills are bandied about in Africa--is it a little too soon to be declaring anything "post-gay"???
What about on American television where, yes, we're seeing more inclusion of gay characters? Is "gay" really the afterthought seemingly being presented by Fresco and Hayes?
What's your Instinct?