Posted: Nov 22, 2019 4:40 pm
by I'm With Stupid
Spinozasgalt wrote:
Ironclad wrote:Regarding homosexually in the movies, is it important to a story that a character is overt in their sexuality?

I resent the implication that a character's homosexuality has to be important to the story to be included. Heterosexuality isn't given that same condition. I doubt most of what's in these movies is important to the story being told.

Indeed. I always think of I, Daniel Blake where the case worker in the appeal scene just happens to be in a wheelchair. It's never remarked upon and not relevant to the plot, but just increases representation of disabled people as a normal part of society. There's a similar character in The Office in a wheelchair, and to be fair, they do have the occasional joke that they could only do with that character, but most of the time, she's just another character. Which of course isn't to say you don't also need films that actually address the issues associated with being part of an oppressed group too. But the vast majority of white, male characters in mainstream films could have their race, gender, sexuality, etc changed without any difference in the plot (which is possibly a sign of bad writing, but there you go).