History Main / GayAesop

22nd Sep '16 4:31:15 PM ladyofprocrastination
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AnAesop (or Gaysop if you will) that was pretty common in TheNineties when gay people started becoming more and more prominent in the media. Basically, a character will be introduced that is soon revealed to be gay or bi (or if they were gutsy enough, a previously known character would be outed). Then the rest of the episode would be spent on one of the main characters discriminating against them, or fearing that they'll turn him gay or something, even if [[CompressedVice previous characterization would indicate that he would not be so ignorant]].

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AnAesop (or Gaysop if you will) that was pretty common in TheNineties when gay people started becoming more and more prominent in the media. Basically, a character will be introduced that is soon revealed to be gay or bi (or if they were gutsy enough, a previously known character would be outed). Then the rest of the episode would be spent on one of the main characters discriminating against them, or fearing that they'll turn him gay or something, even if [[CompressedVice previous characterization would indicate that he would not be so ignorant]].
ignorant]]. (TruthInTelevision, unfortunately: one of the dangers of coming out is that an LGBT person can't always tell which way an aquaintance, even an otherwise progressive one, will jump, [[EasyEvangelism and it usually takes more than thirty minutes to change their mind]].)
1st Aug '16 4:00:21 AM meanmetalmario
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** In "Death Camp of Tolerance", Mr. Garrison learns that if he gets fired for being gay, he can sue the school for a load of money. He gets a new teaching assistant (and boyfriend) Mr. Slave, and they perform raunchy sexual acts when teaching and the kids are justly horrified. The adults tell the kids that they're being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad homophobic and are sent to a deathcamp-esque tolerance camp]]. Mr. Garrison receives award after award for his "courageous behaviour" until he finally snaps and tells everyone that being overly-tolerant is just as bad as being intolerant.

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** In "Death Camp of Tolerance", Mr. Garrison learns that if he gets fired for being gay, he can sue the school for a load of money. He gets a new teaching assistant (and boyfriend) Mr. Slave, and they perform raunchy sexual acts when teaching and the kids are justly horrified. The adults tell the kids that they're being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad homophobic and are sent to a deathcamp-esque the eponymous Auschwitz-like tolerance camp]]. Mr. Garrison receives award after award for his "courageous behaviour" until he finally snaps and tells everyone that being overly-tolerant ''overly''-tolerant is just as bad as being intolerant.''in''tolerant. He is judged to be a BoomerangBigot intolerant of his own homosexuality and sent to the tolerance camp himself, although that might have just been a flimsy excuse the principal made up to punish him, since at the end of his angry rant, he accidentally let slip his plan to sue the school.
26th Jul '16 11:57:46 PM DrY9K
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' actually has three episodes devoted to gay rights ("Lincoln Lover", "Surro-gate" and "Daddy Queerest"), but, unlike ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the Aesops are pulled off ''incredibly well'':
** In "Lincoln Lover" Stan learns to accept general homosexuality after meeting the Log Cabin Republicans and discovers that being gay is not a choice. How? He himself tried to be gay. [[SpoofAesop He concludes that they should discriminate towards Democrats instead, as being a Democrat is a choice.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' actually has three episodes devoted to gay rights ("Lincoln Lover", "Surro-gate" and "Daddy Queerest"), but, unlike ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the Aesops are pulled off ''incredibly well'':
well'' (except the first example, which is rather biased):
** In "Lincoln Lover" Stan learns to accept general homosexuality after meeting the Log Cabin Republicans and discovers that being gay is not a choice. How? He himself tried to be gay. [[SpoofAesop He concludes that they should discriminate towards Democrats instead, as being a Democrat is a choice.]]]]
24th Mar '16 9:53:56 PM StrixObscuro
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* Played with in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', when Molly angrily berates Klara for expressing horror at Karolina and Xavin's relationship. On the one hand, of course, Klara is wrong to call Xavin an abomination or pass moral judgments on people she's only just met. On the other hand, Molly loses her temper and ends up escalating the situation, until Klara just shuts down and refuses to engage with her. They eventually make up.



** They've done a {{transsexual}} variation with Adam.
* Done on an episode of ''DesigningWomen'' with a fellow who has AIDS to boot. Julia chews out an eavesdropping client who bitches about the guy.

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** They've done a {{transsexual}} {{transgender}} variation with Adam.
* Done on an episode of ''DesigningWomen'' ''Series/DesigningWomen'' with a fellow who has AIDS to boot. Julia chews out an eavesdropping client who bitches about the guy.



* ''TheWarAtHome'' has Kenny as the homosexual guy. When he told his parents that he's gay, he was kicked out of the house. Later, in the episode "Kenny Doesn't Live Here Anymore", his parents were constantly told by Dave and Vicky Gold to "accept their child whoever he is". They took him back during the ending before Kenny gets to be taken by social services.

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* ''TheWarAtHome'' ''Series/TheWarAtHome'' has Kenny as the homosexual guy. When he told his parents that he's gay, he was kicked out of the house. Later, in the episode "Kenny Doesn't Live Here Anymore", his parents were constantly told by Dave and Vicky Gold to "accept their child whoever he is". They took him back during the ending before Kenny gets to be taken by social services.



* In DropTheDeadDonkey, Helen's sexuality is an issue on and off throughout her entire run and she doesn't tend to get beaten up for it. However, her anxiety over coming out to her parents is played with when [[spoiler:her father dies of a heart attack the day after she writes to them about it - and it wasn't ''anything'' to do with her coming out; in fact they always knew and her mother told her about other family members who would also have approved.]]

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* In DropTheDeadDonkey, ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'', Helen's sexuality is an issue on and off throughout her entire run and she doesn't tend to get beaten up for it. However, her anxiety over coming out to her parents is played with when [[spoiler:her father dies of a heart attack the day after she writes to them about it - and it wasn't ''anything'' to do with her coming out; in fact they always knew and her mother told her about other family members who would also have approved.]]



** Irony hit a peak when it Steve's mother turned out to be same-sex inclined, and starts an affair with another woman. In the aesop department, this arc was used in order to show the differences between Steve's and Janet's (his fiance) families, and how their love was strong enough to beat her family's general bigotry.

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** Irony hit a peak when it Steve's mother turned out to be same-sex inclined, and starts an affair with another woman. In the aesop Aesop department, this arc was used in order to show the differences between Steve's and Janet's (his fiance) families, and how their love was strong enough to beat her family's general bigotry. bigotry.
* In the ''Series/{{Titus}}'' episode "Tommy's Not Gay", Tommy's dad comes out of the closet, and Tommy disowns him, fearing that everyone will think that ''he'' himself is gay. This earns him the disgust of his friends - even the otherwise-bigoted Ken - especially after his dad gets beaten up and Tommy insists that he deserved it. Eventually, Tommy comes around and reconciles with his dad.
2nd Mar '16 4:51:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''AllInTheFamily'''s Archie was just sure that Mike and Gloria's new friend was a "fruit" but later found out it was his own [[StraightGay ex-jock buddy who was gay]]. (The episode ends with him still having his doubts, however. After all, a "fruit" can't hit that hard... right?)

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* ''AllInTheFamily'''s ''Series/AllInTheFamily'''s Archie was just sure that Mike and Gloria's new friend was a "fruit" but later found out it was his own [[StraightGay ex-jock buddy who was gay]]. (The episode ends with him still having his doubts, however. After all, a "fruit" can't hit that hard... right?)
29th Feb '16 4:52:14 PM GrammarNavi
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* In ''Series/GoldenGirls'' when Blanche's brother comes out, she doesn't take it very well. Of course everything turns out fine by the end of the episode. That is until he returns to Florida to introduce his fiance...

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* In ''Series/GoldenGirls'' ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' when Blanche's brother comes out, she doesn't take it very well. Of course everything turns out fine by the end of the episode. That is until he returns to Florida to introduce his fiance...
27th Feb '16 12:54:24 PM dvorak
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* ''WebComic/DaughterOfTheLilies'' has a "drath" (a damned soul put into the body of an animal, used in a necromantic ritual) mocking a teacher about his gay son as part of a ThanatosGambit so it can FusionDance with him. If he had been more accepting, he wouldn't have gotten his soul eaten.
29th Jan '16 7:40:00 AM DarthNANAME
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** The "canon character becomes a homophobe when there's no evidence that he or she is homophobic" is a trope that should disappear in fanfic, as should bashing in general. It just causes bad feelings in the fandoms.
** Other times, the token canon character who becomes a homophobe is someone you'd expect to be a homophobe (like [[TheBully a bully]], an [[AbusiveParents abusive parent]], a [[TheFundamentalist religious zealot]] or [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain a villain]]).
25th Jan '16 7:38:10 PM Willbyr
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* ''MarriedWithChildren'' gives us this story when Al and Peg meet Marcy's [[ActingForTwo identical cousin]] Mandy, who comes out as a lesbian. Ironically, the only person who acts homophobic towards her is Peggy, a character trait that came out of nowhere, though she warms up at the very end. Mandy was an AuthorAvatar of actress Amanda Bearse, who had become an executive producer of the show and was coming out of the closet herself. Unfortunately, Marcy's cousin was never able to come back to visit because there were only [[ScrewedByTheNetwork 4 episodes left in the series]].

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* ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' gives us this story when Al and Peg meet Marcy's [[ActingForTwo identical cousin]] Mandy, who comes out as a lesbian. Ironically, the only person who acts homophobic towards her is Peggy, a character trait that came out of nowhere, though she warms up at the very end. Mandy was an AuthorAvatar of actress Amanda Bearse, who had become an executive producer of the show and was coming out of the closet herself. Unfortunately, Marcy's cousin was never able to come back to visit because there were only [[ScrewedByTheNetwork 4 episodes left in the series]].



* From [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKB7vAFTdA8 this segment of]] RonWhite's 2006 stand-up comedy special ''You Can't Fix Stupid'': "The most useless thing you can be is homophobic [..] we're all gay, it's just to what extent are you gay."

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* From [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKB7vAFTdA8 this segment of]] RonWhite's Creator/RonWhite's 2006 stand-up comedy special ''You Can't Fix Stupid'': "The most useless thing you can be is homophobic [..] we're all gay, it's just to what extent are you gay."
17th Jan '16 6:20:35 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[{{Stardoc}} Beyond Varallan]]'', we are informed that [[UnfortunateImplications the very idea of homosexuality]] is rather [[IncrediblyLamePun alien]] to [[ProudWarriorRace Jorenians]]. Then, in ''Plague of Memory'', the Jorenian warrior Qonja and [[WingedHumanoid Taercal]] [[HalfHumanHybrid 'breed]] Hawkóboth of whom are dudesó[[InterspeciesRomance fall for each other]]. Turns out that [[AuthorsSavingThrow it's not that there are no gay Jorenians; it's that there's a disturbingly bigoted streak]] to their [[SuperiorSpecies otherwise quite exemplary culture]]. [[spoiler:This is made ''especially'' clear when [[IHaveNoSon Qonja is repudiated by his clan]] when he and Hawk basically elope.]]

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* In ''[[{{Stardoc}} ''[[Literature/{{Stardoc}} Beyond Varallan]]'', we are informed that [[UnfortunateImplications the very idea of homosexuality]] is rather [[IncrediblyLamePun alien]] to [[ProudWarriorRace Jorenians]]. Then, in ''Plague of Memory'', the Jorenian warrior Qonja and [[WingedHumanoid Taercal]] [[HalfHumanHybrid 'breed]] Hawkóboth of whom are dudesó[[InterspeciesRomance fall for each other]]. Turns out that [[AuthorsSavingThrow it's not that there are no gay Jorenians; it's that there's a disturbingly bigoted streak]] to their [[SuperiorSpecies otherwise quite exemplary culture]]. [[spoiler:This is made ''especially'' clear when [[IHaveNoSon Qonja is repudiated by his clan]] when he and Hawk basically elope.]]
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