A few days ago I saw the movie Ted, a film featuring a plush teddy bear that comes to life. Produced by Seth Macfarlane, I wasn’t surprised to find the movie filled with rapid-fire jokes and envelope-pushing one-liners, similar to his television show Family Guy. Homosexuality, along with several other current culture topics including 9/11 references and prostitution were in the line of fire.
Both my friend and I are members of the LGBT community, so when references to homosexuality came up in the movie it was interesting to observe both her reaction, as well as the rest of the audience’s. Personally, I didn’t take much offense to any of the gags in reference to the LGBT community; I understood that they were intentionally offensive- that’s what makes it funny. However, the movie has sparked several interesting conversations about the rising level of tolerance/presence of homosexuality within social media.
After watching Ted, I noted that the jokes in the film could be perceived very differently depending on the person watching it. While the packed theater was laughing hysterically at an aggressive gay joke, I was sitting there wondering if I should actually be offended. These mixed feelings gave way to a few questions regarding the representation of the LGBT community in television.
Let us know what you think! Whether or not you have seen the movie Ted, I’d love to hear some different perspectives on the topic