Do you ever feel like you've been hoodwinked? Tricked into something you thought was going to be something else? That's how I'm starting to feel with certain television shows. Supernatural, obviously, judging by my previous post, but also a little teen Australian drama called Dance Academy. I used to dance the ballet, once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away. So it holds a special place in my heart, one full of positive memories, at least up until my toes started bleeding. But with Dance Academy, it tricked me.
This is supposed to be a safe show for kids and teens. Rated probably a PG on the grading scale. And it is safe, albeit corny and predictable and emotionally unstable, but only up to a point. Has anyone ever watched Buffy: The Vampire Slayer? And felt totally side-swiped when Willow turned lesbian? Because that was me. One of my favorite characters turned homosexual on me and I never, ever wanted that to happen again. Well, guess what, it did!
Except this time it happened to the nicest, stablest boy in Dance Academy. I was so ecstatic at the beginning of the show because they're weren't going the typecasting route of a gay ballet dancer! No, instead, they make you care about Sammy, want his relationship with Abigail to work, and then be totally flummoxed when he starts having "muffins" (his code word for feelings) for his roommate, Christian (an Asian/Aussie guy). Sammy and Christian are besties. Of course they're attracted to one another as individuals or they would never spend time together like they do. It's a natural part of relationships. You're going to find chemistry with people of the same sex all the time! I know I do!
Where the world goes wrong is assuming that normal attraction means sexual attraction. When Sammy and Christian start spending a lot of time together in sort of a "band of brothers" motif, one of the girls in this group starts Sammy thinking on why he spends so much time with Christian. What if he really likes him? What if he's not straight as he'd always believed? Because it's unnatural to like another guy that much and spend so much time together. Kat did it to him. She planted the seed and Sammy started wallowing in self-doubt because of her. And through his identity crisis, Sammy arrives at the monumental and erroneous conclusion that he is sexually attracted to Christian.
This is how the world tricks us. We are being brainwashed to think that because we love being with someone of the same sex, spending time with them, and like them more than our other friends, that we're sexually attracted to them. Attracted, yes, but there is nothing sexual about it. But the world has planted the notion that if you like spending that much time with someone of the same sex that it must be sexual attraction because is no other explanation.
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