Thursday, 30 September 2010

Gays On TV: 18% Can't Stick 'Em

"Nearly one in five people are unhappy about the depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual people on TV and radio, according to a report commissioned by the BBC.
A survey found that 18% feel "uncomfortable" or "very uncomfortable" with it, even after the 9pm watershed. Just under half of respondents said they were either comfortable or ambivalent.
Around a fifth of straight people said there was too much content relating to gay people on TV generally, although 46% said the volume was about right. Many lesbians felt there were not enough gay women on TV and most were portrayed either as "butch" or "lipstick lesbians".
Gay men said they would welcome a more realistic portrayal of gay life and criticised a tendency to feature camp men, though they said this was improving..."
From The Guardian.
Here's the BBC's original blog about the survey - which rapidly walks into loonyville.
And here's the BBC's own more laudatory take on the survey's findings; 'The BBC has made "great progress" in its portrayal of gay people and gay relationships, but there is still more to be done, according to a report...'
The Guardian's first story on the survey may have been more candid; 'BBC to ask homophobes what they think of its coverage of gay people.'
All we need now is someone to write a column fuming at how there are so many gays on the BBC - "which we pay for with our licence fees" etc - when we now "know" they are only 1% of the population.
My money's on Richard Littlejohn.

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