23rd July, 2014
ben is not afraid to play a queer character
martin is not afraid to play a queer character
they have both done so already
please stop using that argument
Well the difference is taking a character that has previously not known as a queer character and stating implicitly that the character is indeed queer. That’s quite a bit different from playing a character that is known as queer from the get-go. That is something many, many actors and writers would be leery of. Additionally a character that is very well known and in essence changing that part of the character is quite different from playing a queer character. It’s not as simple as saying they’re not afraid to play a queer character. No, they’re most likely not. However it is not as simple as playing a queer character. It is changing what many people believe to be and changing that. That is something that anyone would think twice about. I’m all for it. Queer Han Solo, Queer Dean Winchester, Queer Hamlet…well Queer-er Hamlet. The argument of fear of changing something is valid though. Think of the shit Moffat gets just for the poetic licenses he takes with Doctor Who. And it’s not a hundred fifty year old beloved institution. If they were afraid then they’d have every right to be. I want them to not be afraid but I won’t completely fault them if they are.