Reposted with permission from Mancunian Matters. Written by Sam Taylor
Coronation Street really get more desperate for story ideas? Marcus
the gay midwife has suddenly turned straight and is madly in love with a
only do trams randomly crash into the most ill-fated street in British
history, but it seems people’s sexual orientations can change overnight. Marcus
is, or was, a confident, openly-gay man. We had been through his
tumultuous relationship with Sean that all ended in tears. There were
even rumours the two would marry in 2011.
might think it’s stupid that I’m using my time to discuss fictional
characters on a poor quality television soap, but shows are meant to
reflect ordinary lives, and more worringly, affect people’s perceptions
too. The power of the box cannot be underestimated.
cases of homosexuality are not psychological. You can’t just change it
overnight after meeting a very attractive person of the other sex.
the amount of homophobic bigotry that still exists in our so called
multi-cultural society leads many, particularly young, gay people to
live in fear of their sexuality. And
stories like this on Coronation Street could very well lead to many
young gay men keeping quiet and tragically staying in the closet,
perhaps even forcing themselves into the delusion that they are
love Kylie Minogue and Canal Street – you do not love her!” Jason
screamed at Marcus. Perhaps you found time for laughing at this comment,
but it’s the sort of thing that will no doubt have a powerful effect on
teenage boys struggling to come to terms with their own sexuality.
And the stereotype is crudely encapsulated in Sean. Why can’t the producers accept that gay men are ordinary human beings?
Marcus and Maria’s first kiss could be seen as incredibly insulting to the gay community. No
doubt he’ll be gay again by the end of the year and the writers will
pat themselves on the back for a job well done – but there is little
respect for genuine portrayal of sexuality. It is the cheap TV were all
knew it was.
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