Post by Robin Miller Post by Adam H. Kerman
On In the Dark, Brooke Markham plays Jess, Murphy's roommate and
enabler-in-chief. That the character is a lesbian is integral to the
story, sometimes allowing her to hint that she thinks of Murphy as
more than just a best friend since childhood. She got a storyline in
which she cheated on her just-trying lesbianism girlfriend, then
killed the relationship dead by confessing.
Contrast Rose Leslie as Maia on The Good Fight. Her sexuality is just
forced upon the character and doesn't serve the story at all. Really
seemed like her lesbianism is due to a network note.
There are very few lesbian characters that have ever seemed to fit
into the story. Can anyone list a few others?
This is bullshit. Why do lesbian or gay male characters have to "fit"
into the storyline any more than heterosexual characters have to
justify their straightness? Why can't characters simply be lesbian or
gay the same way that 95% of TV characters are straight?
Amen. It's the Central Casting mentality, that the default character
is a straight white male unless there's some plot reason that forces a
character to be something else. But part of equity is sheer
representation, even if that means that there ought to be
proportionately as many mediocre LGBTQ characters/plot lines as there
are mediocre cis-het characters/plot lines.
The same way one shouldn't have to justify making a random crowd scene
1:1 male:female (when Hollywood typically makes it somewhere between 5:1
and 2:1), one shouldn't have to justify a significant other that is
same-sex unless same-sex relationships were truly crowding out the
opposite-sex relationships, which is hardly the case. I know some
people out there like to whinge every time they see an LGBTQ character,
claiming that they're taking over, but they're not bothering to count up
the multitudes of cis-het characters that are out there for comparison.
In the specific case of _The Good Fight_, which I'm catching up on via
CBS broadcast, the lesbian S.O. isn't that interesting, but none of the
romantic relationships in that universe are all that engrossing.
(There's a straight couple that's actually a bit repulsive in their head
games, and they have a professional conflict of interest to boot.)
I suspect the way the plot is going, it's going to be relevant that the
lesbian semi-main character has an S.O. at all only so that a different
plot line can split them up. Why can't lesbian lovers be throwaway
characters just like straight lovers can?
Post by Robin Miller
I am sick and tired of all the casual bigotry in this NG. Including
from people I consider friends of a sort.
If someone can't type two paragraphs without running down either a
real-world woman or else some fictitious fantasy female, that's on them.
If you keep reading them, though, you might want to ask yourself why.
Post by Robin Miller
I don't even read this shit anymore because I know I could not
continue here if I did. I made an exception for this one.
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