When HBO’s “Mad Men” premiered, there was a certain amount of shock that HBO didn’t get as much backlash for the gay character of Don Draper, the lead of the show.
But now the gay characters are popping up in so many of our lives, it’s easy to forget about how gay characters can be so often misunderstood.
With so many LGBTQ characters on TV, it can be difficult to get a handle on how many are straight, which is why “Mad Boys” writer Mark Mothersbaugh wanted to bring some straight characters to the show to explore how they were affected by the show’s history.
So when “Mad Girls” came out in 2016, Mothersbaugh was inspired to revisit the show with a story he’d written for the show about the early years of gay marriage in the U.S. “Madmen” was a watershed moment for gay rights in the 1980s, and for LGBT fans of “Mad” who have always felt marginalized and invisible, the idea of bringing a straight character to the series was a huge honor.
“It was something that we really wanted to do,” Mothersbaugh said.
“We wanted to show that this show wasn’t a series of gay stories, but it was also a series that was about people who were really struggling with their sexuality.
We wanted to create a space where gay characters could really get to know each other and find common ground.”
With “MadMen” set to debut on Netflix next month, it would seem like the world is finally getting to know the gay men on TV as much as they do the men in the real world.
In an interview with EW, Mothersbach said that while there’s no definitive answer as to how many straight characters are on “Mad Cats,” it’s clear that there’s a growing amount of LGBT representation on TV.
“There’s no question that there are more LGBT characters on television than there are in the wider world,” he said.
With a number of recent shows on the air with gay leads, it seems like the real gay community has more visibility on TV than it does in real life.
“A lot of shows in the past have had a gay lead, but there’s just not a lot of LGBT characters,” he continued.
He said that his team of writers have had conversations with people who identify as LGBTQ and how they feel about the way LGBT characters are portrayed on TV—and he said that “Mad Women” is no different. “
I think the world of gay representation is just getting better and better and it’s not like there’s this barrier that’s preventing people from being themselves.”
He said that his team of writers have had conversations with people who identify as LGBTQ and how they feel about the way LGBT characters are portrayed on TV—and he said that “Mad Women” is no different.
“For me, I feel like there is so much room for improvement,” he explained.
You can’t get rid of the fact you’re gay, you just can’t. “
You know, there are no magic bullet.
You can’t get rid of the fact you’re gay, you just can’t.
But you can get the tools you need to be who you want to be, and you can be proud of who you are, and I think that’s a good thing.”
“Mad MEN” returns in 2018 on Netflix with an eight-episode first season.