Lesbians and bisexuals have significantly lower representation on television than gay men, who are also under-represented on our screens according to a new report by the BBC.
This is the kind of crap the license fee is being wasted on. When I watch a drama, I am not concerned about what the characters get up to in bed or with whom unless it is relevant to the plot. So a character who is gay, bi or trans would be invisible – they are a character in a programme acting out their part. That’s it. There is no need to tell us what their sexual preferences are because we don’t need to know unless it is relevant to the plot development. Not least, because, unless it is relevant to the plot development, most of us don’t want to know thank you very much.
In drama, the report called for more story lines where a character’s sexuality is incidental to the plot and not the driving-force behind their actions.
No, thank you. Because I don’t want to know. Unless it is relevant to the plot development.
The report also recommended that the BBC should incorporate LGB characters into its children’s programming to familiarise audiences and “validate children who are going through their formative years and who may be LGB”.
I’m sorry… What!?! Is it just me, or does that send a chill down the spine?