Hello! I am a student at Oregon State University! I am 22 years old and Bi-sexual. I have been with my partner for over 5 years now. Now that you have a little back ground info on me: This blog is dedicated to analyzing queer characters in the media. I will be analyzing some queer characters from popular media! If you have any characters you would like me to analyze or if you think I missed something in a character I did analyze or any other comment please feel free to message me! :) I have a list of characters from some of my favorite shows, movies, and books such as Doctor Who, Super Natural, Awkward, Easy A, Dr. Horribles sing-a-long blog, Paranorman, and more! I think t hat it is important that I clarify that the definition for the term queer that I am working with is no t hetero-normative. So a character that is of a different sexual orientation than straight or characters whose gender identity is not cis-gendered.
The buff guy on the right who is driving is Mitch from the movie Paranorman. Now the movie Paranorman is great because the whole theme of the movie is against bullying and focused on not treated others badly for their differences. Every character in this movie represents a stereotype. Mitch happens to be representing the jock stereotype in this movie. He is below average in intelligence, extremely fit, obsessed with his car, and ties to give his little brother advice on how to be cool. He like the other characters learns that being just because someone is different doesn’t mean it is right to bully and pick on them, and ends up with standing, with Normans sister, friend, and former bully, in between a mob trying to kill the main character Norman for being able to talk to dead people. You end up loving all the main characters because of their character growth, but what I really love about Mitch’s character besides his growth and his comedic add to the movie is what wasn’t stereotyped. Through out the movie Normans sister the stereotypical blond cheerleader is hitting on Mitch which Mitch either doesn’t understand what she’s trying to do or is uncomfortable with. In the end she finally asks his character if he wants to see a movie sometime and he responds with excitement and says yeah, your going to love my boyfriend! He’s a chick-flick nut!
By this point in the movie they were in the process of change and breaking down there character stereotypes, and seeing that there is more to these characters then this one stereotype. So I love that they waited to this point. Some people were really unhappy about it because they fell in love with Mitch’s character and then found this out which to them was horrible, but I love it because that’s how real life is. We are people who have different qualities to us and you can’t, despite popular belief, you can’t pick out all gay people by looking at us. I find it funny that the people who are so mad, are mad because he is a real person and they discovered that before being able to banish him or write him off for being gay. They are mad because they were forced to acknowledge him as a person and liked him before they could throw their hate at him and walk out. For people who aren’t so judgmental it was good to see a character that looks and acts differently then your typical gay character out in the media.