Jun 27, 2013
Victorious: Almost a Gay Victory
Of course, the producers, writers, directors, and actors all knew that gay people existed, and they threw in occasional hints.
A love-hate gay subtext between Tori (Victoria Justice, right) and frenemy Jade (Elizabeth Guilles, second from left), in spite of their respective boyfriends (and the rumor that Victoria Justice is homophobic).
The metrosexual Beck (far left), played by Avan Jogia, #5 on my list of Unexpected Nickelodeon Teen Hunks, who co-founded the gay-allied Straight But Not Narrow group with his bud Josh Hutcherson.
Leon Thomas III (second from right), who played Andre, is another Hollywood teen who is Straight But Not Narrow. Here's a link to a video he made for the SBNN youtube page.
Compare the utter silence about gay people from the cast of ICarly.
Gay-friendly cast, gay subtexts, gay references. By this point, we have to start blaming the audience for a stubborn refusal to know.
"She has two uncles in San Francisco. They're obviously two brothers living together, not gay!"
"She just means that she's going to visit one uncle, and then another one. Not that they're gay!"
"Just because you live in San Francisco doesn't mean you're gay!"
And my favorite:
"Get a life! This is a children's show!"
If it's aimed at an audience of kids, then by definition, they believe, it can't have any references to gay people.