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Gay Writer Owen Jones on Why Drama Matters


Owen Jones writing in “The Guardian” welcomes the gay romance in television series “The Last of Us”. Two characters in the Zombie doomsday series, based on a video game, nevertheless find love and happiness, dying together in a dignified way that has been lost in their apocalyptic world. Mr Jones writes “Why is this such an important and compelling storyline for queer people? When a young queer person comes to terms with their sexuality, they’re often stricken with panic because the simple roadmap seemingly offered to their straight counterparts – find someone, settle down, have kids, grow old together – vanishes. Images of loneliness fill the void. So when popular culture offers space for meaningful same-sex love – with all its complications – it matters. This episode could be seen as a cultural test: can a deep love affair in which sexual orientation is a background hum, rather than the foregrounded mood music, make it? If same-sex love is no big deal in the zombie apocalypse, a milestone of normalisation has been passed.” To see Mr Jones essay in its entirety, visit our news feed for a link to the “Guardian” website.

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