I was going to post a HUGE piece about this, but since John C. Wright has already begun his own deeper exploration of the issue, following SyFy GayFail on his LJ blog, I won’t bother.
Instead, I’ll just toss these few pennies into the Thought Fountain.
THOUGHT: I’ve known and been friendly with too many gays to ever believe some of the nasty rubbish that gets said about them. Why don’t more people realize that gays are, by and large, not terribly different from straights, in most aspects that matter? Lack of exposure, probably. And some people are just haters.
THOUGHT: Is SyFy being a hater because SyFy doesn’t put lots of positive gay characters into its various television programs? I don’t think so. But I understand that for most gays, neutral non-action is almost as bad as negative action, such that you have to take positive action to prove you’re not just a silent accomplice of homophobia.
THOUGHT: Some gays don’t realize that SyFy has to pay attention to ratings. If SyFy pisses off too many in the audience — by being too aggressive with insertion of too many gay characters and/or scenarios, which upset the straight viewing audience — then ratings go down, taking ad revenue with it, and suddenly SyFy is in financial peril. Taking a stand for social justice is one thing. Just don’t expect SyFy to fall on its sword for you.
THOUGHT: Many gays just flat don’t get it that you can see the homosexual act as a sin, or morally wrong, and this doesn’t automatically make you a hater or a homophobe. Many people are opposed to seeing homosexuality on TV for religious and moral reasons, not because they’re monsters. Many of these same people are opposed to lots of other stuff on TV, too. Beyond homosexuality. So it’s not personal.
THOUGHT: We’ll probably never have enough of a % of gay-positive programming on SyFy that satisfies the militant sub-community within the larger gay community. Ergo, all-gay all the time. So SyFy would do best to aim for the moderate gay audience, with successively more gay-positive characters/shows that don’t scream, SYFY IS TOTALLY GOING GAY!!
THOUGHT: SyFy should probably also ignore the militant anti-gays, for whom even a sliver of gayness is TOO MUCH GAY and suddenly it’s the end of all things and the world is going to end in five minutes because some TV show showed two dudes kissing. Or something. Maybe SyFy can arrange to get all the militant homophobes and all the militant gays together in a UFC ring? I’d watch that!
THOUGHT: if it’s erosion of moral fiber within the entertainment industry we’re concerned about, it’s worth noting that baby got thrown out with the bathwater a long time ago. Rampant glorification of fornication and adultery? Check. Rampant glorification of drugs, smoking and alcohol? Check. Rampant glorification of murder, profanity and violence? Check. Maybe when we’ve redressed all these problems first, then we can tackle Teh Gay Problim.
THOUGHT: Even if SyFy starts putting more Gay in its program schedule, I probably still won’t watch it, because 95% of SyFy’s original programming is garbage regardless. Which sucks, because I want to like SyFy, out of genre solidarity. And they did do BSG, which rocked. But come on, some of these original shows and special movies are just flat-out bad. I wouldn’t make my dogs watch them.