The Aromantic Asexual, Alice Oseman, Appropriates Gay Culture with Netflix's, "Heartstopper," Should Matt Bomer Have Played a Trans Character in "Anything"? Ryan Field Books

 The Aromantic Asexual, Alice Oseman, Appropriates Gay Culture with Netflix’s Gay, Heartstopper

If Alice Oseman wrote about aromantic asexuals I would definitely read it. I would be curious, and that’s because I wouldn’t write about aromantic asexuals because I wouldn’t want to appropriate their culture. That, indeed, would be wrong of me. I could do it. I just wouldn’t want to be that person who appropriates. 

HOWEVER, I will NOT be watching Alice Oseman’s “Heartstopper,” because it appropriates gay culture and gay men once again and I’m sick of it. I might even cancel my Netflix account. 

I don’t even care about whether or not the actors are openly gay or not this time. I’m just sick of women stealing my culture when there are plenty of gay men out there writing and creating gay content. Just do a google search for gay male authors and you’ll see what I mean.  

This needs to stop.

The show is almost impossibly cute. Based on a webcomic turned graphic novel by Alice Oseman, who also wrote the series, it centers on Charlie (Joe Locke), a sweet young teen who was outed the previous year but is now finding his way as the only openly gay kid at an English all-boys high school. 


Here’s more. I never thought I would see the day when someone who identifies as an “aromantic asexual” writes gay content for the mainstream. Apparently, things are only getting worse for gay men, not better. I always say that gay culture isn’t just about sex, but sex is a fundamental part of being gay. Go ask any gay man. 

This is how wiki defines Aromantic. Little to no romantic attraction towards anyone.

Should Matt Bomer Have Played a Trans Character in “Anything”?

No. 

I don’t believe Matt Bomer should have played a trans character. Even though he’s part of a marginalized group himself, he shouldn’t have appropriated trans culture. He can play gay, or he can play straight, but let the trans actors play the trans parts. 

Even Mark Ruffalo came out and apologized for casting a cis man in the role of a trans woman. And Ruffalo was right. It’s not just about acting. It’s about acting in a fair and balanced way sometimes. And cultural appropriation is wrong. 

Do you feel Hollywood still favors straight actors for LGBTQ roles?

Yeah, they do. I mean, look: I think what people sometimes forget—especially people who just wanna be an armchair critic or judge things from the sidelines—is that it’s ultimately a business. 

Here’s the rest. Sorry, Matt, but I disagree. Let’s be completely transparent. It’s a hypocritical business and it needs to change. You don’t see Meryl Streep playing the part of Rosa Parks. How long is it going to go on? 

And if you think I’m wrong, and if you still think it’s “just acting,” here’s another article that backs me up. 

 “Every time a cis man gets applauded for bravely portraying a transgender woman on screen, every time he picks up an award for it while sporting a tuxedo, we’re reinforcing the belief that at the end of the day, a trans woman is still really a man.” Jen Richards 



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