Why are gay characters at the top of Hollywood’s kill list?

Behind the Candelabra

There are more LGBT characters in mainstream films than ever before, but it might be nice if they were allowed to live

James Rawson

…… Whether it’s suicide, Aids (a particularly maudlin Ed Harris performance in The Hours employs both), being beaten to death, state execution, getting shot, or getting raped and then shot, LGBT characters are just not allowed the happy endings that their straight counterparts enjoy. My personal favourite comes from A Single Man, in which Colin Firth simply drops dead for no reason. Presumably overwhelmed by sheer homosexuality, his heart can no longer keep beating. Beware, non-heterosexuals: Sudden Gay Death Syndrome can strike anywhere…




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