“Moonlight” or: Homosexuality in the media

I am really not impressed by the film “Moonlight” (2016). Good actuation, photography and music but a very simple screenplay. The most impressive must be that is an gay men… afroamerican. We talked about stereotypes here. It is important because the movies are like a mirror for society and LGBT+ movement is gaining ground. But, is “Moonlight” the ultimate gay film?


The story tell us that “Advise and Consent” (1962) was the first film with a gay main character. And back on that days, there was shocking to show that, and a gay bar too. But we all remember that movie “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) that had a lot of criticism because it represented gay cowboys and the struggle of being gay in those times.

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“Beginners”, Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer

Other stereotype were used in “Beginners” (2010), the plot is about an old man that confessed his homosexuality to his adult son. And I will stop here. I don’t like how the society takes this thing about “confess the homosexuality“, because confess sounds like a crime and we (almost) all know that this is not a crime. Well, this movie helped a friend to view homosexuality like a normal thing (good thing for her brother after he told her). This movie is not only about homosexuality, is about that anyone have the right to love. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return (“Moulin Rouge”).

But homosexual women have other problems. The film “Chasing Amy” (1997) tells the classical story about “boy meets girl”… but she’s homosexual. So, a hot girl told me once that men thinking that they can change is very frequent and must be a non acceptation of the homosexuality and disrespect for women. If that hot girl claims being lesbian, is lesbian. Just let it go, Affleck.

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Chasing Amy“, this phrase refers to “seeking the right girl”

Also there is the other media: the TV. Despite the overwhelming heterosexuality of mainstream media representations, portrayals of gay and lesbian individuals on television have become somewhat more common since 1997 when Ellen became the first television show to have a gay leading character. This increase can be seen in the introduction of gay characters on many shows such as Spin City, ER, Dawson’s Creek, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as shows that focus on gay characters in leading roles such as Will and Grace and It’s All Relative. In addition, cable stations have included shows such as Queer as Folk, Six Feet Under, and Oz that depict gay characters in more complex plot lines and with more explicit sexual behaviors (Fisher et al., 2007).

“Will & Grace”, great sitcom, debuts in 1998

The LGBT+ community has experienced a slow transformation because government and social stigmas. Harvey Milk (2008) was a the first openly gay elected official in USA in the year 1978. Additional, the story will apologize with those who condemned for “homosexual crimes” like Alan Turing, father of informatics during WWII (“The Imitation game“, 2014). This year “Beauty and the Beast will feature Disney’s first openly gay character and gay moments, the kids will understand soon. Baby steps. Maybe it is just matter of time to accept that homosexuality is normal, just not the usual preference, and we, as society, need to understand that.



What do you think about homosexuality?

Do you know another films or series that have a gay representation?



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