Monday, 29 September 2014

If You Were Gay, That'd Be Okay

TNA has a spectacularly messed-up view of MOGII people.

I know I touched on this briefly in my No Surrender review, but I think it bears closer examination.

Let's look at their issues with lesbians first.

Image © Nmdesigns via Wikimeda Commons.

Now, I know we've tried to forget a lot of Hulk Hogan's time in TNA, but I'm sure we all remember Winter.

How could we not? She spent several weeks haunting Angelina Love as a ghost. Then she tried to become her best friend.

And when that didn't work, she used drugged water to mind control her.

Or to put it another way, Winter was in love with Angelina, and that made her a creepy date-raping stalker.

That's a worrying conclusion.

Or how about another example, Brittany?

She started off as an over-eager, innocent fangirl sort, desperate to be friends with Madison Rayne.

And when Madison tried to turn her down, she got creepy. She started shrieking for Madison to like her.

And she even turned heel because she felt rejected.

Or to put it another way, Brittany was in love with Madison, and that made her turn creepy and evil.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

To be fair, though, this isn't a TNA exclusive phenomenon.

The WWE can be just as bad.

I didn't see it when it aired, but I've heard of the Mickie James and Trish Stratus storyline they had.

And from what my friend who likes WWE tells me, Paige and AJ Lee's 'frenemies' thing is more of this.

And when wrestling isn't giving us creepy lesbians, it uses lesbianism to titillate instead.

Just look at how the Beautiful People pretend they're going to kiss in their entrance just to annoy people.

Both use lesbian attraction to get cheap heat.

Either lesbians are crazy bitches trying to steal your girl, or they're teases trying to give you blue balls.

It's not exactly flattering, is it?

But there's one demographic that TNA treats even worse. And that's bisexual men.

Image courtesy of Wikimeda Commons.

I don't even want to touch the complete mess that was Orlando Jordan's character.

Considering that Jordan himself is bisexual, I have no idea how everyone screwed up so badly.

Confusing bisexuality with polyamory by giving him two partners.

Having him molest men and women alike.

And worst of all, his tag-team with Eric Young during the latter's brain damage period.

And they're not doing much better now with Samuel Shaw.

First he's a creepy stalker who becomes overly attached to Christy Hemme and steals her hair.

Now he's a creepy stalker who's become overly attached to Gunner and tries on his clothes.

Does it work for Shaw's character?

Yes. But at the same time, TNA seems to think that all bisexual men are dangerous predators and that's utter rubbish.

This wouldn't matter so much if TNA had more positive lesbian and bisexual characters. But they don't.

Image © Benson Kua via Flickr.

These are the only ones we're getting. And really, all TNA seems to be saying is that lesbians and bisexual men are gross and scary.

And that is a problem.

– Stark

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