The Gay Best Friend Is TV's Laziest, Most Disgusting, Most Awful Cliché, Ryan Field Books

The Gay Best Friend Is TV’s Laziest, Most Disgusting, Most Awful Cliché

Whenever I think of the way gay people are portrayed on mainstream TV shows, I think of the most awful cliché there is…the gay best friend. Sex and the City did a few shows like this, the reality show with Joan Rivers did shows like this, and no one can forget how Will and Grace set us back years with the gay best friend cliché.

 In fact, there are so many TV shows that have done this (and books and films) that I can’t even list them. And they are always done by straight people who think they know better. I think the most important point for me is that whenever I saw this happen in TV I would cringe a little because I knew that it wasn’t an accurate portrayal of all gay men. It’s a homophobic POV that straight people like to cling to for some reason. Maybe it makes them feel safe? I don’t know. 

With that said, this article talks about the possibility that the gay best friend cliché might finally be over. I don’t think so. I think we still have a long way to go. As long as straight people keep doing our content, and they know they can make money, it’s never going to end. The publishing industry is notorious for having straights write gay content…and they call themselves “allies.” 

But at least we’re talking about it now, and admitting that it’s a problem. And that it always has been a problem. 

Al-Kadhi thinks that stereotypes such as the GBF are dying out because more LGBTQ+ characters are being created by queer people. “Queer people are able to take charge of their own stories a lot more, and gay representation has massively improved as audiences have come to expect distinct authorship in storytelling,” they say.

Here’s more. The article also goes into more explanation regarding the gay best friend cliché and how gay content that comes from straight people is always inauthentic. And if you are a straight person making money on gay content and you try to defend yourself, you will always be wrong. 

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