Since the rise and increasing acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community, embracing individuals' identities is now encouraged more than ever, and this means displaying it in the media.
But as always, it raised an important question about the limitations of the idea: Should straight actors be allowed to play LGBTQ+ characters?
Well, Russell T Davies has some strong views on the issue.
Keep scrolling to hear what he had to say...
Now, the ways in which we watch television are evolving.The television and film industry is rapidly diversifying, including its characters and the stories it tells, and especially in 2020, it is ensured that all forms of diversity are represented.
This includes people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community...
via: Getty ImagesIn modern-day television, whether that's children's or adult TV, it is crucial to include different forms of diversity in order to create an accurate representation of the real world.
And this will, in turn, help to minimize ignorance and discrimination.
The community is now bigger than ever...
via: Getty ImagesMore and more young people are feeling comfortable and safe enough to come out as gay or trans as they can now come out to an incredibly supportive community of people who identify in similar ways.
The attitudes towards the community have generally improved over the years...But sadly, there are still individuals out there who are against the LGBTQ+ community - meaning more support is needed than ever.
Despite the hate, the LGBTQ+ community has been represented on television for quite some time...Who remembers Sesame Street? The '80s kids show was packed full of political references and adult humor, but it was announced last year that Bert and Ernie were, in fact, a gay couple.
The characters were based on life experiences...It was reported that scriptwriter Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert and Ernie were a gay couple, he responded with: "And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them."
The first-ever gay couple on children's TV?It seems so, and many more characters that held an LGBTQ+ diversity were soon to make an appearance on our screens, including the one and only Disney.
There have been many rumors surrounding certain Disney characters...Despite there yet to be any confirmed gay Disney characters, loyal fans have drawn conclusions over certain faces such as Hades from Hercules, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, and Oaken from Frozen due to their strong gay followings.
And it isn't only in children's TV that has been progression...
But recently, a debate has been raised on the issue of sexuality in the media.
Now both sides of the argument raise some good points...
The issue is pretty deep considering that Scarlett Johansson was recently stripped of her role where she would have been portraying a trans character.
Well, it seems that It's A Sin creator, Russell T Davies, has some strong views on the issue.
And he didn't hold back.
But it seems people had some very strong opinions on what he had to say...
The writer and showrunner said "it's about authenticity," when addressing the ongoing debate.
In a brand new interview, ahead of his upcoming series, Davies spoke about his decision to cast gay actors.
The show is set to star Years & Years' Olly Alexander, as well as Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Fry.
"I'm not being woke about this… But I feel strongly that if I cast someone in a story, I am casting them to act as a lover, or an enemy, or someone on drugs or a criminal or a saint… They are not there to 'act gay' because 'acting gay' is a bunch of codes for a performance," Davies explained to the Radio Times.
"It's about authenticity, the taste of 2020. You wouldn't cast someone able-bodied and put them in a wheelchair, you wouldn't black someone up. Authenticity is leading us to joyous places."
What do you think?