What is wrong with Tyler Posey? I’m serious. What is wrong with him? Also, I’m disappointed in PRIDE for not calling out such actors on their problematic behavior and asking them the same unnecessary questions we have come to expect when straight actors play queer characters.
Remember how I said Now Apocalypse looked like a mess after I watched the trailer? Well, Tyler Posey isn’t making things better.
I could be very wrong, but to me, this show (directed by Gregg Araki) feels like something which could have been considered positive queer representation back in the ’90s or early 2000s. However, with how much progress has been made in media, I think Now Apocalypse won’t be doing anything to push the needle forward.
It seems ready to exploit queer viewers searching for queer representation on their TV screens.
Now Apocalypse is riding the same bandwagon Teen Wolf did, already patting itself on the back for not really doing anything positive for queer representation as a whole, but thinking it is doing more than anyone else.
Again, I could be very wrong and the upcoming show could turn out to be an incredible piece of LGBTQIA+ content.
I won’t be holding my breath, though.
Nothing leading up to the show’s debut on March 10, 2019, has served to make me think otherwise.
“It’s a testament to the type of characters Gregg [Araki, show creator] wants to put into the world and talk about the spectrum of sexuality and how diverse sexuality is,” Jogia told PRIDE. “It’s not just A and B, there’s so many shades. And we want to box people in. We want to say, ‘You have to do this, you have to only do this. As soon as you sleep with this kind of person, that’s the only kind of person you sleep with.’ I’ve always felt that doesn’t make any sense to me. Gregg’s movies have always embraced that, so I think that’s really interesting.”
I don’t know much about Jogia, but he seems to have a lot of faith in this show. So, good for him? I guess.
And then we have Tyler Posey who is very excited about playing a queer character on screen.
“I agreed to do them because I wanted to,” he explained. “I just haven’t had too many opportunities come up to me. I’ve always wanted to promote that and be a part of that world and I just never really had the opportunities come up to me. I finally did and they were in great projects I could be really proud of.”
That’s rich coming from someone like Posey.
PRIDE also asked if Teen Wolf fans will like Now Apocalypse, and of course, Posey had to bring up Dylan O’Brien and shippers.
“Stiles and Scott shippers, or anyone who shipped anyone on Teen Wolf, just loved the show enough and loved us enough to be proud of us no matter where we go,” he said. “I hope they’re happy.”
He also talked about how he would like to see more Scott and Stiles stuff, too. And that right there folks, in my opinion, is one of the reasons Sterek fans faced a lot of hate.
Sterek is the biggest ship from Teen Wolf and Posey just couldn’t handle it. He even called Sterek a bizarre, weird, twisted thing.
Why? Because it didn’t involve him.
You can bet if Sciles (Scott/Stiles) was the most popular ship from the show, Posey would have been on board for it due to all of the attention.
As far as I can tell, playing a queer character is a way for him to gain attention and that’s why he is willing to go for such roles.
PRIDE wrote Posey “gained many queer fans from his platonic chemistry with Dylan O’Brien in MTV’s Teen Wolf.”
They had to put in “platonic” chemistry in there, right?
Also, where are these “many queer fans” they speak off that were formed due to some “platonic chemistry” on Teen Wolf?
Remember Posey’s fake coming out?
PRIDE wrote in that piece, “Teen Wolf is a show with so many queer characters as well as LGBT actors playing them.”
Did I watch the same show PRIDE did? Or did Jeff Davis send them a different edit?
Sigh! Do better, PRIDE. Do better.
I don’t know if such a publication doesn’t call out problematic actors because they think their access to them will be taken away or if they are worried about certain revenue streams.
Publications highlighting the LGBTQIA+ community should address such issues instead of asking straight actors playing queer roles unnecessary questions about who is the better kisser.
As for Posey, I think he should sit down with someone who covers queer content in media and address his past behavior which goes against what he continues to say in certain interviews or puts out in public.
Feel free to share your thoughts with us.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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