So recently I read a piece on the entertainment website Zap2It that got me thinking about everyone’s favorite vampire saga…

The piece in question was inspired by a recent tweet by Philadelphia Eagles player Todd Heremans who after a recent TB episode tweeted “So…caught up on ‘True Blood’ last night. Not a fan of how they get you hooked with the first two seasons then bring on a barrage of homosexuality…”

Of course Heremans’ tweet didn’t exactly go down well with fans of the show, many of whom complained to Todd’s bosses – leading to a retraction a couple of days later when Todd said “After speaking with Eagles management I realize that my tweet earlier was insensitive and tasteless, and for this, I deeply apologize. It was not my intention to offend or hurt anyone.” What do you think? Sounds like a forced apology to me…

Anyway, following the incident, Zap2It posed the question – Is True Blood Too Gay? on their site – and they’ve certainly elicited some rather interesting responses. Obviously there’s been a lot of support for the show – and for the gay characters and storylines – but there’s also comments like this…

Lenie 321: “Love the show but hate the gay stuff. Whenever there is any gay sex scenes (which is often) I switch channels for a minute or two… As a straight man it is hard for me to watch a male sex scene. It repulses me. I will never be comfortable watching stuff like that. Don’t know how better to say it. Love the show but if it continues down this path, may find something else to watch on Sundays.”

Okay – now my blood is boiling! Let’s break this down…

First of all let’s take a look at the ‘barrage of homosexuality’ that Todd points out. Where is it exactly?

Well there’s Lafayette, who’s finally found some love on the show (after two largely sexless seasons) and has had a couple of kissing scenes with his new partner Jesus… there’s Eric, who seduced Russell’s husband Talbot and then staked him in an act of revenge… and there’s Sam’s sexy dream about Bill Compton… and er, that’s kind of it really… (I know Russell is going to have a gay scene soon – but I’m just basing it on what’s aired so far)

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Wow we’re really talking a ‘barrage’ here aren’t we. In the meantime we’ve had numerous Sookie / Bill / Eric sex scenes, Bill perusing naked strippers at a strip bar, Jason in a fairly explicit threesome with two girls he just picked up at a bar, Franklin and Tara in a pretty nasty sex scene and many, many bare breasts and female buttocks. And of course there’s Pam – True Blood’s resident lesbian – but of course she’s fine for the straight fans isn’t she…

The fact is we’ve barely seen any ‘gay sex’ on True Blood this season. We’ve seen some kissing and that’s about it. But of course for some straight guys out there anything approaching man on man contact is an absolute horror show. Just check out this funny little video I found on You Tube…

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Good for you Billy Black!

Seriously we’re in 2010 now and people are still getting freaked out by gay kisses. I mean really – what century are we living in?

Are these guys really such delicate little lambs that they can’t handle two men together. I mean please! Grow a pair guys. Seriously.

And let’s also remember this is HBO. True Blood is rated MA. It’s full of gore and blood and some pretty edgy content at times… and yet this is what sends people over the edge?

I think the reason I get most incensed by this kind of bullshit is that as a gay man I have to constantly sit through straight love stories and sex scenes all the time. This weekend I sat through Piranha 3D which was more about T&A than killer fish – the amount of soft core nudity on show was just unbelievable and actually really hurt the movie. But I wasn’t offended – just bored – and kind of insulted that the filmmakers would pander quite so low to their target audience.

And then there’s TV in general. For starters there’s hardly any gay characters out there (try and find one on a scripted CBS show – shame on them). And the ones that do exist are largely asexual – Cam and Mitchell on Modern Family, Kurt on Glee. In fact the only gay characters we see on network TV who actually seem to have sex lives are Scotty and Kevin on Brothers and Sisters – and even they got saddled with a dreary sexless surrogate storyline last season (see my O Brother posting for more on the decline of B&S).

Frankly it really pisses me off. Gay people make up between 5-10% of the US population and yet 99.9% of all TV romances are straight. And when we do finally get a little action – this is the kind of response we get. It really shows just how far we still have to go as a society…

Interestingly we have a little True Blood viewing party every Sunday night with two friends of ours. They’re engaged and straight – and yet when the gay ‘scenes’ roll out neither is bothered in the least. There’s no groaning, head covering or complaining – because these guys are adult enough to know it’s all part of the story and that frankly two guys kissing – or even making love – is hardly shocking in 2010.

So if any of you out there are really shocked, repulsed or offended by the gay scenes on True Blood maybe you should just change the channel, get a life and start asking yourselves who the ‘real men’ are… cause I can promise you that Lafayette, Jesus, Eric, Bill and Sam are the true men of today…

Okay everyone – the comments board is open… fire away…!