Are gay men as camp as the media say?
Ben Walker looks at the camp TV favourites
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We have come along way from endless overly camp and stereotypical portrayals of gay characters in TV. So with the premiere of The Normal Heart airing on Sky Atlantic last night, we look through the most iconic gay characters in TV and Film.
It’s hard to believe that the first episode of Will and Grace aired nearly 16 years ago. The show balanced the flamboyant character of Jack McFarland with more reserved Will Truman.
The UK version of Queer as Folk, which inspired the US series, received mixed and controversial views even from the gay community. It only ran for two series but has become an iconic hit, producing some rather sexual content, focussing on the nitty gritty gay lifestyle.
Fast forwarding to modern day the new gay series, Looking, which follows three gay friends in San Francisco. The series comes a long way from the overtly camp Will and Grace, toning down the camp stereotype. At times when you watch the series you forget that it is about three gay men.
On the other hand, the movie GBF reverts back to the camp sterotype portraying the gay characters as a latest accessory for girls to have.
Last but not least is new movie The Normal Heart, which is based on the play by Larry Krammer. Set in the onset of the HIV AIDS spread in 1980s America, it is a heart wrenching original story of the struggle for gay rights.
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Words Ben Walker, @benjw94
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