Jan 3, 2016
The Homophobic Gay Ally of "The War at Home"
Everybody loved him, right? So why not try it again 30 years later?
Enter The War at Home (2005-2007), starring Michael Rappaport as obnoxious jerk Dave Gold, who hates blacks, Puerto Ricans, Muslims, women's libbers, liberals, and gays (not Jews because he's Jewish).
Most storylines involved Dave's obnoxious prejudices, his hatred of sex (no matter who has it), or a combination of the two:
Hillary dates a black man!
Hillary has sex with a black man!
Mike has sex!
Larry starts to masturbate!
Larry wears women's clothes!
Larry kisses a boy! (Actually, a girl in men's clothes).
It was impossible to watch, vulgar, obnoxious, horrible.
Dave Gold is a product of the 1970s, when Civil Rights, Gay Rights, and Women's Rights were already underway. He lives in an ultra-liberal Long Island milieu. There is no reason for his prejudices. They exist just so the character can say outrageous things, like Peter Griffin on Family Guy (which aired immediately afterwards).
After a year of groaning critics and bad ratings, it became obvious that Dave Gold had to clean up his act, become kinder, gentler, less obnoxious. So Larry's school friend Kenny (Rami Malek) comes out, gets kicked out of the house by his conservative Muslim father, and moves in with the Golds.
Wait -- was this the guy who hated Muslims, gays, and sex last year? It was completely out of character -- and Dave looked positively aghast during the Trevor Project PSAs. After winning a GLAAD Award for a portrayal of the only gay Muslim on tv, The War at Home was cancelled.
See also: Dean Collins.