TV Show Firefly Lane Gets a Few Things Wrong
I’m watching the Netflix series, Firefly Lane, and I’m shaking my head a good deal of the time because so much of it is either off base or just exaggerated as far as the past goes. It’s set in different times, and there are some things about the past with regard to some of the scenes that really make me wonder who’s writing this stuff. But more important, why can’t people just do some basic research?
First of all, there are two gay characters and the spin they put on them is typical of straights. It’s what straights have been doing for years to gay content. When we find out they are gay the two male characters are in their teens in the 1970s and the things they do are so bold only straight people could make this up. It’s the same kind of thing I saw in Brokeback Mountain and hundreds of other gay films written by straights. It could have happened, it’s not impossible for it to have happened, but it’s also not very likely that it ever happened. No gay couple in their teens would ever have kissed that way in the 1970s in public. It simply would not have happened. It could have happened, so it’s safe in that respect, but the odds of it ever happening are slim to zero. I was a gay teen and I know this first hand.
The conversation between the two gay characters in the 1980s scenes of this TV show is ridiculous. They are portrayed as trying to be straight, in total denial about being gay now that they are grown men, and they speak to each other in a way that straight men would speak to each other today, not in the 1980s. “Hey, man, dude, bro,” they say. Of course, that’s an exaggeration, but the way they speak that kind of toxic masculine jargon in a general sense is irritating. My point is that most straight men did not speak that way in the 80s.
And then there’s a marijuana reference. One character is constantly telling people her mother has cancer and that’s why she smokes pot. However, medical use for marijuana didn’t become that well known until the 90s. Most people in the 1970s would not have understood the reference. I remember when my own mother was dealing with cancer in the 1990s. and they gave her medical marijuana to help with her chemo treatments. And at that time in the 90s it was totally knew to us. So while they may have been giving some people medical marijuana in the 1970s, most average people wouldn’t have known the reference. Or at the very least it would have been explained in more detail.
I see things like this happen all the time on TV shows lately and I wonder why they have to be so lazy. I can forgive most of these things, too, except the gay references. I’m tired of them guessing what it might have been like to be gay.
You can read more about Firefly Lane, here. It’s really not a bad show, and at least there are gay characters portrayed in a fairly decent way. So there is that and I’m not complaining totally. We’ve learned to take what we can get and smile. If you can get beyond these little things, you will probably enjoy it.