Gay drama teacher rewritten as straight for new NBC drama Rise

NBC

NBC have been accused of straight-washing their new drama Rise.

The TV show, inspired by the true story of a gay drama teacher, has received backlash after its producer decided to write the protagonist as a heterosexual family man.

At the Television Critics Association press tour, producer Jason Katims said the rewrite was for him to “connect with the story,” but stated he didn’t want to “shy away from issues of sexuality” and would explore that with other characters.

“We took [the book] as an inspiration, and then I really felt like I needed to make it my own story,” he said.

“With Lou’s family life and Lou’s family itself, there’s a lot of re-imagination. Not just in terms of gay or straight, but in terms of the family structure.”

Based on the 2014 book Drama High, Lou Volpe, a closeted drama teacher who later comes out as gay, attempts to reform school theatre.

However, in NBC’s screen-adaptation Rise, the character portrayed by Josh Radnor will be – you guessed it – straight.

Straight writers turning gay characters straight seems a step backwards in the representation of LGBTQ people, which is a shame considering the number of queer films 2018 is about to bring us.

Unsurprisingly, people took to Twitter to express their frustration.

Words Liam Gilliver

Comments

More

These elderly lesbians have the best reactions to Hayley Kiyoko’s music

New Republican backed bill in Ohio is set to make things a lot harder for the state’s transgender youth

South African court sentences pastor who spread anti-LGBTQ hatred

Tan France reveals how doing Queer Eye has brought him closer to his family

Czech Republic government back a draft bill which would see same-sex marriage legalised

Early gay rights activist Dick Leitsch has died at the age of 83

Could you survive this Queer Eye drinking game?

Man sentenced to death by ‘homophobic’ jurors loses appeal in Supreme Court

Press enter to search