my sexuality is girls all the time and boys if they’re famous, almost offensively beautiful and completely unattainable so i can attach all my impossible ideals to them and never have to have anything to do with them irl
Teen Wolf: the show that’s set in a world where homophobia doesn’t exist but you keep forgetting due of the lack of representation.
Teen Wolf: a world where homophobia doesn’t exist but you wouldn’t know that if the showrunner didn’t repeatedly pat himself on the back for it because it’s not supported by the text.
I was just thinking about this today.
Like, if you were not in fandom and hadn’t heard that Jeff said this or whatever, there is NO REASON you would think this world was anything but the same as ours:
There are a couple of gay characters, same as real high-school.
Most of the young (central, by no means representative of the whole school) characters are pretty chill about gay people, same as portions of real high-schoolers in California would be.
Stiles seems to barely know what bisexuality is. Same as… not actually that many teenagers in California.
In the end, it doesn’t matter what’s in Jeff’s head - if there is no textual back-up to his magical homophobia free world, viewers don’t actually experience it in any way.
That is how canon works. Something actually has to happen for it to be fact. This has not happened. Currently there are no visible gay characters on this show, and for all we love him, Danny has always been a kind of arbitrary side character in terms of story telling, so in some ways the only gay ‘character’ (who drives the plot through their actions) we’ve had was whichever twin (I’m sorry I never caught up with which was which,) who is now gone.
Anyway, point being, Jeff’s fanon of his own show will only ever be that if he doesn’t actually have something happen in the show to display it. For a supposedly queer friendly show, this one to ‘outside fandom’ viewers gives a very vague token effort at having gay characters, and doesn’t actually include gay people (or any lgbtqia people) in the story-telling at all.
This may be slightly off-point, but it’s been bothering me for three seasons and I have to get it off of my chest.
So when I first started watching TW the ‘world where homophobia doesn’t exist’ thing got thrown at me a lot as a reason I should give it a shot, so I did, and then toward the end of season one I got to the episode with the big dance.
Scott’s banned from going but he sneaks in anyway and then the Coach sees him and goes to kick him out, but Scott makes a point to pick out Danny (who is already dancing with his BF) and urgently demands that Danny dance with him as the Coach is coming to get him. Coach backs off when everybody starts to look at him when he’s yelling at Scott and basically lets Scott stay and then Scott runs off to do his Allison thing.
Now, it’s never explicitly states in the scene, but the subtext is very VERY clear here that A) Scott chose to dance with Danny and not anyone else because Danny is openly gay and a beloved member of the school community and B) that the Coach backs off because he thinks people are incorrectly assuming the reason he’s yelling at Scott is because Scott’s dancing with Danny, and not because Scott was banned from the dance.
THIS SCENE ONLY WORKS IF HOMOPHOBIA EXISTS IN THE WORLD!
In a world where homophobia doesn’t exist, Scott dancing with Danny and getting yelled at about it would be exactly the same to everyone involved as Scott dancing with Allison and getting yelled at about it. Its function as a plot device is predicated entirely on everyone involved being aware of homophobic subtext.
Davis threw out his own argument that homophobia isn’t real in the TW world IN THE VERY FIRST SEASON and it’s been making me insane ever since. Sorry. I apologize for taking up your time.