After our class discussion on Gender and Sexuality, I was curious to look up some articles regarding gays playing straight roles. Since I love the show "How I Met Your Mother" starring Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, I went looking for articles to find out what people had to stay about a gay man playing a straight role. This article "
Neil Patrick Harris: Television’s First ‘Straight’ Character" by points out that:
"He may be playing straight roles, but Harris is still playing the caricatures that are usually reserved for gays on screen. They are overly-sexualized, bedding down with any pretty
thing that comes by. They love drugs, partying, fine clothes, and loose
men. Then there is the sad sack whose love is going to destroy him, who
will end up with nothing. There is usually singing involved. That's why
Barney is "straight" in name only. He is a gay stereotype that has been
fooled into thinking he likes the ladies."
After reading that comment, I said "Wow, I've never looked at it in that way before." But these are pretty interesting observations, especially the description of "oversexualized" and "fine clothing" associated with Harris' character on the show. It was also mentioned, that in earlier episodes on HIMYM, viewers didn't want to see a gay man "play a reformed slut who gets serious with a woman." Currently, Harris' character in season 7, is in a committed relationship, so I am curious to see if Barney will end up in a committed relationship, when the show eventually ends. But I guess we shall see... In the mean time, I would love to hear what anyone has to say in response to Moylan's question, "Do you think America is ready to see a gay man in a committed heterosexual role on network TV?."