Representation of Gay People in the Media

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The media is now trying to include gay people, stop stereotypical perceptions of them and stop making them look like an outcast in society. However, there is still a shared stereotype of what gay people are meant to be like and this is reinforced through the media. Gay people can find it hard to get rid of negative stereotypes reinforced in the media and this can leave many implications on them. How are they represented? In most television programmes homosexual men are seen as the weak character that is usually going through a form of bullying or rejection. Marxist’s would argue that the bourgeoisies (mostly white men) are the people that own these television companies and they want to keep reminding people that gay people are oppressed as they don’t want them to become too powerful. Television programmes (especially soaps) tend to use the storyline of gay people coming out as one of their most emotive storylines because they try to display ‘problems’ that people face in day to day life. For instance the storyline in Eastenders was how Johnny was coming out and his mother didn’t know how to handle nor accept the fact he was gay. There were many emotional crying scenes where his mother thought it was her fault that he was ‘different’. Television series add emotional scenes about how disappointed someone is or how someone isn’t accepting them in society to represent how many people may actually have these opinions. Stereotypes exist as a way of reminding people that they need to kept in their place and to make it easier to identify people. LGB have said that the BBC “should be bolder and more creative with their deception of gays, lesbians and bisexuals people who are still side-lined and stereotyped on television”. EastEnders tried to show how even more ‘masculine’ gay men are rejected in society when Christian was beaten up for being gay. It tried to outline

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