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04 March 2009 @ 01:34 pm
Bones and Bisexuality  
At the beginning of the 2008-2009 TV season it was announced that viewers of the Fox program Bones would be introduced to another former flame of Angela. This free spirited forensic artist, as it turns out, had a year long lesbian romance back when she was in college.

What interests me about this storyline on "The Skull in the Scuplture" which aired on originally on Nov 8th 2008 (and again last week)is how Angela talks with FBI agent Seeley Booth. She wants to know if he's weirded out by her bisexuality. He in turn tells a story about his favorite Aunt who had a "roommate" What I found strike was he doesn't say "I don't have a problem with it" or it's "not an issue for me" but rather (paraphrasing here) "I loved my aunt IN SPITE of the fact that she was a lesbian." It may be an honest response...but to me it still rang as rather homophobic. Thoughts? Comments?

They don't have the scene I mentioned on youtube but below is the clip where Angela tells Bones and Seeley about her same-sex relationship... (any thoughts on this?)

Lavenderryosato on March 4th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Hmm. It is slightly homophobic. However, (I don't watch much Bones so I can't really say for sure) it might be simply that that matches the character's personality. Probably it's just what the writers felt was how the character really felt. So in that case it's not bad.

Plus, hey! A bisexual character! Nice!
Cindytrintiff on March 4th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
I do watch Bones and it would be in character for Booth to say something pretty stupid and fumble over his words. He typically is awkward in uncomfortable situations where he's not had any experience. Bones' reaction is in character for her also; straightforward, blunt, accepting, not much phases her. I think the writers didn't do anything homophobic; they were just contrasting Bones' and Booth's personalities as they often do and this time the subject happened to be bisexuality.
eggb4thechicken: jack/ianto - would you miss me?eggb4thechicken on March 4th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree, I think it was meant to come across like he was weirded out by it, as most guys like him tend to be. They say they're not homophobic, but as long as they don't have to see it, etc...

recycledstars: gen: pride tie.recycledstars on March 6th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
I don't know, to me it felt like he was trying to say that it didn't change how he saw his aunt as a person. The entire story is in character and almost anything else wouldn't be: it doesn't make sense for an ex-military sniper raised in a military family who beat up a kid as a child for saying his aunt was a lesbian to be 100% NOT homophobic. I think this is an example of intellectual acceptance vs. a gut reaction based on cultural attitudes and upbringing. And equal rights for people from different orientations is like religious freedom: you don't have to like another religion or its views to respect its follower's right to worship. You don't have to be completely comfortable with someone being bisexual to respect their right to be so, and in fact, it's not at all suprising that someone like Booth would be "weirded out" (to use the words of the commenter above) by Angela's sudden revelation. In fact, the whole point of story lines like this is to normalise queer sexuality within society in a way that it never has before, so that hopefully in twenty five years this scene is incredibly dated because even guys from similar backgrounds to Booth's know that being bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender or straight is completely normal and they're not "weirded out" any more.

I don't know, homophobic, yes maybe a little. But I thought it was realistic, in character and still of positive value in terms of shaping social change.