More of an opinion piece than a review, do what you will with that info.
In today’s society, and even Hollywood there is a bunch of discrimination against people’s culture’s and sexuality. The Black man is always the thug, the gay woman is always butch, it’s very rare that all types of that culture are represented accurately. Hopefully with the release of Black Panther, Moonlight, and Call Me By your name times will change for the better. Maybe Hollywood will see there is a niche for that market, and with strong well developed characters that market will begin to grow.
Here’s what I’m hoping for in the future: Inclusion. I want everyone to feel like all parts are being represented so there is no one stereotype for a race, for a sexuality, for a culture, while I think you should embrace the spectrum you lie under, others feel different and feel misrepresented.
I’d like to focus on the LGBT Community. According to GLAAD’s poll, Hollywood is on this up and down roller coaster with the LGBT community. One year they do well with representation the next, it goes down and it continues to go down until someone mentions something or brings up the topic of being PC.
My point: Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) in the CW show Riverdale is a gay character in the show and the comic, that’s great but as a series regular he’s not there all the time, he’s there for comedic relief or a one episode plot line. Then we can go two episodes without him until he shows up again. Follow this by having LGBT Youth watch this show, and remind you it is a huge show, they see someone they can look up to, but they aren’t ever there. It falls into the cliché of “the gay friend is always the funny one.” Or “The gay kid is always the sassy one.” I think proper representation of the LGBT community would help a lot of kids come to terms with who they are, and what they want to do. They don’t have to be the kid who gets beat up all the time. That you know what, somewhere out there is the person that is made for me, the family that has been waiting. I think the message the LGBT Youth needs at this point in our society is that it will be okay, we should never let someone bring us down, or we do need to stand up for ourselves.
So Hollywood, with all of the power you have and the world looking to you for advice; give the LGBT community something to be proud of, something to take pride in so that they can say: “I’m proud to be who I am, and I wouldn’t want to be anyone different.”