I tend to take issue at the loose portrayals, sometimes blown out of proportion or frequently downsized to accommodate and to fit preconceived parameters, of gay people.
In Brazilian soaps, gay people are often portrayed as raging queens or frivolous beings interested in fashion or the latest hair style. Little is shown of the real life of those who endure in the real world of prejudice and lack of respect. Little is shown or said that gay people pay taxes, go to school, have jobs, and have families.
Watching trailers of The Single Man, by Tom Ford, I have been drawn to the same feeling yet again. What kind of individual is Mr Ford trying to portray? Is it really the lonely person grieving over the loss of his companion? Or is it another propaganda piece to sell his wares? Apart from the main character, shown in his real age, what comes to mind is that yet again we see what is most prevalent in the gay scene: the eternal youth.
If you haven’t been living in a cave for the last twenty years, or more, you will notice that The Pink Market is associated with youth, muscles and fashion. Far from the truth. In gay life, there are all sorts of people who are as normal as your uncle from the next state and who, hello, missed out on his mortgage for lack of funds.
Granted, there are those who follow fashion and have tons of money to burn. All power to them. However, it would behoove movie directors to reach farther into the community and take examples of life-sized people. I know you are going to say that the non-descript, run of the mill, filthy nailed, paunched with smoke-tainted teeth slob does not sell in Hollywood. I shy away from those types, too. Nonetheless, there are those who are in between who would fit the bill very nicely, thank you.