Aug 3, 2013
Fire in the Sky: Heterosexism and Alien Abductions
The next thing anyone remembered was driving down the highway at breakneck speed. Mike was crying uncontrollably. Travis was missing.
I used to love alien abduction stories, so I grabbed The Travis Walton Experience when it came out in 1978, during my first year of college. It was great: the abductee was a hot lumberjack whose best friend cried uncontrollably over his disappearance. And who displayed no interest in women (Travis Walton later married Mike's sister Dana, but I didn't see any hetero-romance in the book). Could they be a gay couple?
Unfortunately, the producers felt a pressing need to erase the gay subtext. Travis' friendship with Mike turned into a barely-restrained antagonism, while his romance with Dana took center stage.