The producers of Star Trek Discovery (STD) really, really, REALLY want you to know that they will prominently feature a gay character in their cast. This is totally important, you guys.
“There’s a kid out there who’s going to turn on his TV, and they’re gonna see two men love each other and support each other and support each other’s genius, and it’s not going to be an issue,” he said of his on-screen relationship with Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp). “It’s just going to be what it is.”
No, it isn’t because you keep banging us over the head with it. You just admitted that the only reason for this character’s existence is to promote a positive image of gay people. And why are you so adamant that the target audience has to be a kid? That’s just plain creepy.
Back in the days of the original series (TOS), were they constantly making a big deal about Lt. Uhuru. Was it a non-stop barrage of, “Hey, Look, we have a Black Woman on our show. And she’s sort of treated as an equal … kind of.” Maybe that generation cared more about doing things and less about making sure other people noticed that you were doing things.
I am also put in mind that every Trek series since the reboot has featured a non-human character learning What It Means To Be Human. Data. Odo. Holodoc/7ofD-Cups. T’Pol. And basically, “what it means to be human” always boils down to having emotions, because Hollywood is stupid. But it almost seems like they are sort of doing that with The Gay Character. (Does he even need a name?). Because this character will also be defined solely by his symbolism.
I feel like when the day comes when a show has a gay character and doesn’t make a giant deal out of it… then, that will be real progress.