Aug 3, 2014
Sidekicks: Gay Kid Meets His Crush
"Chuckie," Mattress Mack said, "We need to do something about the problem of bullying of LGBT youth in Texas. How about a movie about a bullied gay kid who learns karate?"
"Karate Kid? It already came out. And there's a fad of ninja kids right now..."
"Yes, but this one will be different. The kid will be more obviously gay. In fact, he's gonna have a crush on you, with homoerotic fantasies and everything."
"Sounds great! Whatever I can do to help the gay community! Let's get my brother Aaron to direct, hire some gay and gay-friendly actors, and get to work!"
Actually, this probably wasn't the conversation that got the two ultra-conservative, flamboyantly homophobic Texas good old boys to work on Sidekicks (1992), but it was the end result.
He has some allies, but no girlfriend -- the requisite hetero-romance comes between his dad (Beau Bridges) and favorite teacher.
Instead of pursuing hetero-romances, Barry fantasizes about martial arts star Chuck Norris.
So the Asian stereotype Mr. Miyagi...um, I mean Mr. Lee (Mako) agrees to train him.
Soon Barry is so good that he trounces the bullies, incidentally cures his asthma, and beats out the rival team at a karate tournament by chopping a pile of flaming bricks in half.
Talk about a happy ending!
Of course, the gay subtext was purely unintentional. For some reason homophobic nutjobs are really good at them.
See also: Jonathan Brandis; Ninja Kids of the 1990s; Breaker, Breaker