Rest In Pease Willie Garson Gay Character from Sex in the City
I’ve slammed the old TV show Sex in the City a few times for the way they portrayed gay men. In many cases they treated them as though they were pet poodles. And you only saw the strongest gay stereotypes. It’s really interesting now to go back and watch reruns about how cheesy and tacky that show was altogether. I think it represents all the worst aspects of the 1990s without even trying too hard.
With that said, whenever a gay man found a gay high profile character as Willie Garson did in Sex in the City. I was always the first to applaud him. We had no gay content back then, and no gay characters. And Willie did what he had to do, and he did it damn well. In fact, now when I watch the reruns he is one of the only characters that come off looking intelligent. And he was always genuine. Which is more than I can say about Cynthia Nixon who was a closeted lesbian at the time dating and having sex with men. But again, she did what she had to do, too. I guess she wasn’t as brave as Ellen in the 90s.
It wasn’t an easy part for Willie to play this part either.
“Most of the pressure I felt was to not be offensive,” he said. “I didn’t want to offend the community at all, and that was a really big concern of mine. To the point where I didn’t even have HBO for the first three years, because I didn’t want to see it, because I was so terrified of being offensive.
Here’s more. I was never offended by him, not once. I understood what he was doing and I have known gay men who resembled his character in real life. The thing that always bother me about Sex in the City was the way those vapid straight white women of privilage always go away with so much.
So I genuinely liked Will Garson, and I truly hope he will RIP. It’s sad that he was so young. I think the entire show would have been so much better if they had focused more on the Willie Garson character and less on those 4 vapid women.