Bewitched a Gay Series?
This is an interesting examination of the old TV sitcom, Bewitched, because it talks about how the subtle interpretation of the show could have been compared to living in the closet. It’s an interview with an author of a non-fic book, and I actually agree with everything here, and I think that’s why Bewitched still has such a huge gay following in reruns fifty years later.
If you watched the “witch” season of American Horror, there were more than a few subtle parodies of the sitcom, Bewitched. And I even parodied the trope loosely in a book titled, He’s Bewitched. Gay men like pop culture, even the most elite. Which is also interesting because I find that the straight people who tend to enjoy examining gay men have no use at all for pop culture…because they aren’t gay and don’t have a real clue about gay men. Before I get into another rant on cultural appropriation in m/m romance, here’s an excerpt from the article to which I’m linking.
Queerty: It’s easy to see Bewitched as a metaphor for repressed people not allowed to be who they really are. Is there also a deeper hidden gay subtext in the series?
A guy in Argentina is so enamored with Ricky Martin that he’s had numerous surgeries to look more like him. We completely understand.
When Harry, 20, was quizzed about the affair at last night’s BBC Music Awards he seemed unaware of the rumour replying, “I honestly have no idea what you’re talking about” before he then added, after a quick explanation: “I’ve heard some good ones in my time, but that’s interesting.”
Liam added: “Wow, it’s all getting a bit political!” Louis then joked: “So, does that give you some power in the White House then?” as Harry said: “Yeah, maybe.”
I, for one, am really getting very tired of this nonsense. I have been out and active in the Chicago gay scene for 40 plus years and I have never met anyone claimed to have had sex with President Obama. But I am willing to bet that if Ted Cruz is still in politics for a few more years he will eventually be caught with a boy friend or a rent boy.
So what? Is there something that wrong with having a gay affair? I’m serious, and my question is this. Would anyone be reacting so strongly if the tabloid had headlined a feature about the President…or any other famous male figure…and a woman? I think they would be reacting in defense in a normal way, but not as strongly and defensively as they are with the gay angle. And in doing this, and in denying how impossible it would be for President Obama…or any other famous male figure…to have an affair with Harry Styles only promotes more passive aggressive homophobia because they make it sound so taboo. Is it really so far-fetched? I find President Obama extremely attractive, and I would even if he wasn’t President.
You can read the rest here. I just hope no one finds out about the three-way I had with George Bush and Dick Cheney. I swore I’d never kiss and tell.
Amazon Review: I picked this up on a whim, and actually enjoyed it very much! It’s full of supernatural elements, witches, warlocks, werewolves, oh my! I especially loved the little dog, Tag, and the super hot sex scenes between Brett, the main character, and Rhys, an unlikely werewolf along for the ride with Brett and his witchy grandma. Definitely not to be taken seriously, it’s a fun, fast read with plenty of action and sexy scenes. If you want a light reading, supernatural-gay romance, this is the one!