TV Already Has Enough Token Homosexuals – Daryl Dixon Should Remain a Celibate Hetero Single – and Not All Older Single Men Are Homosexual
Oh brother. I seriously doubt that The Walking Dead writers are going to actually make fan favorite Daryl Dixon a homosexual, but it sure makes for good publicity.
I cannot, off the top of my head, think of any television show that has an adult single over the age of 30 who is a virgin and who is living a celibate life.
I cannot think of many progressive Christian or secular writers who support adult virgins, celibates, or asexuals. They will sit around blogging in support of every form of sexuality or sexual deviancy under the sun but for people who chose to abstain from sex.
About the entire cast of the GLEE television series was homosexual. The television series “Modern Family” has a homosexual couple who adopted a child. “Will and Grace” featured two homosexual guys as their main characters. “Faking It” is an MTV show about a girl who thinks she might be a lesbian.
There have been several other shows over the years that have featured homosexuals and lesbians. The world does not need anymore homosexual or lesbian characters, any more than the world needs another marriage sermon (see this page).
If folks are going to insist that each and every form of sexuality get equal screen time, I want to see more adult single, hetero virgin/celibate characters. Maybe also include some adult celibate homosexual characters, too.
It is so cliched’ for every character on a show to date, sex it up, or marry – there’s nothing special or interesting about it. One of the reasons I like the Daryl Dixon character is precisely due to the fact he seemingly lacks a love life and sex. It’s just him and his crossbow, shooting zombies in their faces.
No, Daryl Dixon should not be made into a homosexual character who dates. I also don’t want to see him get a girlfriend. Him getting into any sort of sexual or romantic relationship would ruin the character to a degree, maybe totally.
I also want to say that one common view that pops up on pages that report this story is damaging to hetero virgin men who are over 25 or so years of age: the assumption is that if people do not see a man over 25, 30 or older with a woman, he MUST be a homosexual.
This knee-jerk reflection is very insulting and offensive to hetero males who are single into adulthood, ones with Christian or traditional values who don’t believe that homosexual behavior is moral. Just because a man is not dating a woman, has never dated, or has never married or never had sex with a woman, does NOT necessarily mean he is a closeted homosexual or is one in practice.
There are asexual and celibate older HETERO men out there (just as there are asexual and celibate older HETERO women too).
The amount of squealing approval I’m seeing in the comments at other sites in light of this new Daryl Dixon news, as in, “Oooh, I would be so thrilled if Daryl is gay!,” makes me want to hurl.
What’s wrong with keeping the Daryl character hetero asexual or celibate?
Hetero celibates – ones who are past 30, 40, get no representation in movies or TV, with the lone, lone exception of the guy in the “Forty Year Old Virgin” film, but even he had sex by the end of the film (it is implied). Even if they were to make the Dixon guy a homosexual, they could still opt to make him a celibate one.
- Despite forming a close bond with both ladies in past episodes, the quiet, rugged crossbow-wielding character may not be into women at all. According to Comicbook.com, in the letter section of theThe Walking Dead comic book issue No. 130, which was released on Wednesday, Kirkman responded to a question from a fan, who asked if the possibility of Daryl being gay had been considered.
- “All I can say is that it’s been discussed,” the outlet quoted him as saying.
- “We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there’s ever a quiet period in the show where he’s not consistently distracted by crossbowing…we’ll tackle it in the show,” Kirkman added.
I doubt that the show will make the character homosexual, but it’s still upsetting that even the idea of making the character an active homosexual is considered, and then the idea is also being cheered.
You’ll notice also, another stereotype: that people who are not assumed to be having sex, or not shown having sex on a show, are assumed to be homosexual.
Being celibate (hetero or homosexual) does not mean that a person is devoid of sexuality, or of sexual desire. I’ve blogged about that before so I will not get into it here.
Edit. Oct 2014
- At least, this is what the November 3 issue of GLOBE Magazine is claiming. According to Celeb Dirty Laundry, insiders have revealed that Norman Reedus is begging producers not to make Daryl the first openly gay male character on The Walking Dead. Reedus is allegedly afraid that his female fans might riot if Dixon turns out to be turned on by the same sex.
“Insiders say he fears the same-sex shocker would hurt ratings by disappointing his legions of female fans. Norman isn’t anti-gay in his personal life, but he’s become one of the biggest male sex symbols in television. He gets thousands of fan letters from women each week – along with dozens of marriage proposals.”
Edit. Oct 28, 2014.
Though in an October 27, 2014 social media statement, the actor referred to the above Inquisitr story as being “total bs.”
I don’t think the show will make the character homosexual, but putting him in any sort of romantic or sexual relationship, hetero or homo, would, in my view, diminish the character, and it should not even be considered.
(Link): Asexuality and Asexuals
(Link): Typical Erroneous Teaching About Adult Celibacy Rears Its Head Again: To Paraphrase Speaker at Ethics and Public Policy Center: Lifelong Celibacy is “heroic ethical standard that is not expected of heteros, so it should not be expected of homosexuals”