November 23, 2009
>"90210" Says Gay Character Not a Shameless Attempt to Gain Viewers
>With the introduction of a lesbian relationship on “90210″ scheduled early next year, many are questioning the longevity of its run. Entertainment Weekly reported that Rumer Willis’ character Gia will become romantically involved with another prominent female lead in 2010. While many are claiming it as a shameless stunt, those affiliated with the show are promising depth.
Executive producer Rebecca Sinclair told Entertainment Weekly:
This is a real aspect of teenager life that’s interesting… And there’s been a real void in the 90210 universe in terms of gay and bisexual characters.
Since the successful advent of videos like “Girls Gone Wild,” there has been a surge of girl kisses on television, much to the sqealing delight of audiences everywhere- that is, if temporary. It’s become the common practice of failing sitcoms to take their dwindling audiences on titillating rides with girl-on-girl action in a desperate attempt to regain viewership and increase ratings.
“Heroes” and “Flashforward” are two shows currently seducing their audiences with lesbian entanglements, but will it last or are they counting its proven ability to boost ratings before distinguishing the stories? To the frustration of many real lesbians, these story lines are often subject to oversimplification and one-dimensional portrayals of a broader community that constantly battles to legitimize themselves in society.
In fairness, more shows are regularly including gay and lesbian characters, like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Modern Family” and “Brothers and Sisters,” and many are making headway in putting them on equal footing with their heterosexual counterparts.
Only time will tell whether “90210″ can maintain a serious story line, but you can be sure many are looking forward to how the show’s creators will undress this highly anticipated romance.