For the first time ever, a Disney character said “I’m gay”

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Andi Mack‘s Cyrus has become the first Disney character to say: “I’m gay.” During a recently aired episode of the Disney Channel show about teenagers, Cyrus finally worked up the courage to tell his friend Jonah that he’s gay.

The 13-year-old revealed his sexuality at a Jewish mourning ceremony for his grandmother, introducing Jonah to his family’s different foods before adding: “That’s gefilte fish—skip that—and I’m gay.”

Cyrus had previously come out to his friends Andi and Buffy in season two, but held off on revealing he was gay to Jonah—who he used to have a crush on—until Friday’s season three episode “One in a Minyan.”

Joshua Rush, the 16-year-old actor who plays Cyrus, wrote on Twitter after the episode aired, saying: “Every day is a blessing working on this show. This milestone is just another stitch in a rich and vibrant tapestry that is Cyrus Goodman.”

Pop Culture Detective: Sexual assault of men played for laughs

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It’s hard to overstate just how common jokes about men being sexually assaulted are in entertainment media. Most popular comedic actors engage in this type of humor. Jokes are typically designed to demean, humiliate, control, or emasculate a male character for being the victim, or potential victim, of sexual violence.

This is the 1st of 2 video essays on this topic. Part 1 focuses on humor involving men sexually assaulting or harassing other men. Part 2 will examine media in which women are depicted as the perpetrators.

Giant Little Ones

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Giant Little Ones from writer-director Keith Behrman, explores the age-old story of the trials and tribulations of figuring out who you are. Franky and Ballas are best friends since childhood. They’re also “high school royalty” — handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls.

On the night of Franky’s 17th birthday party, something happens between the two young men that sets off a tumultuous chain of events As one character in the trailer states: ‘You and Ballas did something that straight guys don’t normally do.’ What follows is a test of friendship and beyond.

Coming-of-age stories have been told time and time again, both with queer characters and (more often) without. There is a universality about them, speaking to both teen audiences and adults remembering their own days of youth. Last year alone gave us both Love, Simon and Alex Strangelove. Based on the trailer, Giant Little Ones seems to strike a different tone than either of those.

Variety called it: “Polished and lively, with just enough fresh angles to avoid feeling like a rote recycling of gay cinema tropes” and Jared Mobarak said in his review, “Writer/director Keith Behrman knows exactly what he’s doing when introducing a variety of people along the sexuality spectrum. He’s intentionally flooding his canvas so that we have no choice but to accept them all rather than turn our focus onto just one.

There’s no room for token characters anymore, the real-life disparity between heterosexuals and homosexuals closing as each year passes. So Behrman looks to represent that change on the big screen by giving his lead a trans friend, a gay father, and a gay teammate on the swim team. He surrounds Franky with non-cisgender characters to love, resent, and accept each for different reasons that transcend compassion.”

The Closet

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An old man recalls the moment that defined his life, in which his innocent friendship with a neighbouring boy is crushed by the boy’s angry father. But maybe now the world is a gentler place.