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, Viggo Mortensen has some strong views on the issue...
The ways in which we watch television are evolving...
via: Getty ImagesThe 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.Well, that's the hope, but with a lot of progressions comes a lot of questions and the most recent one involves none other than the LGBTQ community.
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, LGBTQ+ 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."
Bert and Ernie's characters were written based on Saltzman's own relationship, in which he said:"That’s what I had in my life, a Bert & Ernie relationship."
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...On one hand, we have people who believe acting is acting and people should be hired on how well they portray the role, even if that means having members of the community portray straight roles, while others have suggested that LGBTQ+ characters are already still very rare to find compared to straight acting roles, so should be given to actual LGBTQ actors.
The issue is pretty deep considering that Scarlett Johansson was recently stripped of her role where she would have been portraying a trans character.To be honest, Scarlett Johansson is awarded a lot of roles that aren't really acceptable. Remember when she was cast to play a Japanese woman despite her being Scandanavian? God, that was messy.
But the issue is different when it comes to trans people, as they have a whole different story to tell...So cis people should not be playing them onscreen, that's one thing we can all agree on.
But what about gay characters?Should it be limited? The opinions were varied...
@JosshCastillo_ @itstwinkbitch I don't think there's anything wrong with straight actors playing lgbt characters as… https://t.co/TjqdNPjkk4— That's My Jam 🎧🎵🎶 (@That's My Jam 🎧🎵🎶)1582645673.0
@huffpostqueer Should actors who happen to be gay be stopped from playing straight roles? ABSOLUTELY NOT! And why?… https://t.co/86xlVuoKAy— CJMB (@CJMB)1546018112.0
So 60 straight actors have been awarded #Oscars for portraying an LGBT character compared to 2 LGBT actors for play… https://t.co/RBztdXLtVL— Melissa Murdock (@Melissa Murdock)1551084541.0
you know what in light of pearl mackie coming out i’m gonna say it: yes, lgbt+ characters should ideally be played… https://t.co/LTKcvRurGQ— kelly 🍓 birthday binch (@kelly 🍓 birthday binch)1593350750.0
Is it important to you that #LGBT characters are played by #LGBT actors?— carcinoGeneticist (@carcinoGeneticist)1532540195.0
@CaseyTheVA If we're talking about live action acting, my answer is yes & no. I feel trans characters should alway… https://t.co/1Sk3KRVabH— Kimberley 💫 (@Kimberley 💫)1532541220.0
@CaseyTheVA No, but its the same for non-lgbt. Look at neil patrick harris, he played a stright guy for 9 years, an… https://t.co/1xkG8WMY9K— Scoutdy (@Scoutdy)1532540729.0
@CaseyTheVA @RusapeB I don’t know. If a straight actor is not allowed to play a gay character, then a gay actor can… https://t.co/7GUm0mm2Zc— Kae McSpadden-NVT7 Semifinalist (@Kae McSpadden-NVT7 Semifinalist)1532642585.0
@CaseyTheVA @RusapeB Live action yes along with more diverse racial casting. I’m ok if the voice actor for a gay ch… https://t.co/Na2BhGMNcK— Kyle Locke (@Kyle Locke)1532712319.0