Since the transition into the modern-day gay rights movement , homosexuality has appeared more frequently in American film and cinema. One of the current challenges in LGBTQ cinema is ensuring that LGBTQ actors are employed to play queer roles; roles that have been historically almost exclusively been portrayed by straight actors, complicating real representation for gay people among fictional characters. The first notable suggestion of homosexuality on film was in , when two men were shown dancing together in the William Kennedy Dickson motion picture The Dickson Experimental Sound Film , commonly labeled online and in three published books as The Gay Brothers. Oftentimes male characters intended to be identified as gay were flamboyant, effeminate, humorous characters on film.
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A groundbreaking television commercial that depicts two gay men buying furniture is stirring passionate reactions from detractors and supporters--and causing the kind of commotion seldom seen on Madison Avenue. Last week, furniture retailer Ikea began airing an ad in several East Coast markets that shows two clearly identifiable gay men shopping for a dining room table at an Ikea store. It is the first time gays have been openly portrayed in a mainstream TV spot. Ikea has since been swamped with hundreds of phone calls and letters--some applauding the company, but many others demanding that the ad be axed. A few East Coast Ikea stores have been targeted by angry protesters who have jammed phone lines since last week.
Shaving company Gillette has been bombarded with both praise and abuse after launching an advertising campaign promoting a new kind of positive masculinity. The film, called We Believe: the Best Men Can Be, immediately went viral with more than 4m views on YouTube in 48 hours and generated both lavish praise and angry criticism. Others remarked that the intensity of the backlash revealed the necessity for a wider acknowledgement of the damage done to men and women by toxic masculinity. The comments under the Gillette toxic masculinity ad is a living document of how desperately society needs things like the Gillette toxic masculinity ad. Seriously: if your masculinity is THAT threatened by an ad that says we should be nicer then you're doing masculinity wrong.