Gay marriage is a hot topic of debate, especially since it is being discussed in the Supreme Court.
There are various sides to the debate. Some arguments are more persuasive than others, but either way, every American has an opinion on the issue.
What seems to fall through the cracks of the gay marriage debate is the way gay couples are portrayed in entertainment. It feels like every major television station has a show that incorporates gay relationships as part of the script in every episode.
For example, ABC’s hit comedy, “Modern Family,” has two gay main characters. According to Emmys.com, Modern Family has won dozens of awards, including multiple Emmys for Outstanding Cast for a Comedy Series.
It is quite obvious that the public has enjoyed watching “Modern Family” throughout the years, yet it features a gay couple.
There are other examples, such as the Academy Award-nominated film “Brokeback Mountain” and NBC’s new television show “The New Normal.”
Why can the public stand to watch gay people on television and in movies but can't deal with them in real life? It appears that Hollywood glorifies gay marriage and gay relationships to a level that makes those opposed to gay marriage feel more comfortable.
Honestly, there is not a factual reason that describes why people should feel uncomfortable around gay people. There are no statistics that prove living down the street from a gay couple decreases your standard of life in any way. Also, society needs to stop referring to gay people as “gay people.” They are normal people.
Perhaps it is the entertainment industry that contributes to the stigma of labeling those who choose different ways of life. We all know those characters in films and shows that are labeled to viewers as the “gay” characters.
If equality is a desire for so many, then gay people should not be exploited in television shows and movies. Even if they are only fictional characters, it transitions back to the real world and enhances people’s views of gay men or women in society.
The world is changing. Men and women are becoming more open with their emotions than they were just 15 years ago. Past gender stereotypes are falling and are being replaced with more modern and realistic views of men and women.
Some of these views may cause society to label a person as “gay” or “homosexual.” These labels only further promote how ignorant some Americans are regarding another person’s way of life.
At the end of the day, if you like a show with “gay” characters in it, then by all means watch it, but do not complain when gay marriage becomes legal. Besides, all the viewers may have had a part in the decision simply by watching the show.