GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index Reveals Lack of LGBT Visibility
BY Advocate.com Editors
July 22 2014 6:00 AM ET
Above: Battle of the Year
Sony Columbia Pictures
2013 Rating: Good
Three of the 15 films released by Sony Columbia Pictures in 2013 included appearances by LGBT people. Two of those films, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Battle of the Year, passed the Vito Russo Test, while Grown Ups 2 did not.
GLAAD applauded the portrayal of gay and bisexual characters in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The first film in a proposed franchise based on the series of young adult novels by Cassandra Clare, the film tells the story of demon-hunters who reveal to a young girl she’s one of their kind. Among the group of hunters is a young man named Alec, who is hiding the fact that he’s gay from the group. Alec later catches the eye of Magnus, a bisexual warlock who assists the hunters. If a sequel is produced, fans can expect to see this relationship develop further.
GLAAD praised the dance film Battle of the Year for its inclusion of Lil’ Adonis, a gay juvenile delinquent turned b-boy dance crew member who clashes with Sniper, a homophobic member of his crew. The two eventually come to respect each other, and though Adonis has few lines, his character is essential to the plot, helping Battle of the Year narrowly pass the Vito Russo Test.
Grown Ups 2 was criticized by GLAAD for its use of “needlessly offensive” jokes, which include a group of women booing their gay yoga instructor after he comes out to them and yelling “What a waste” as well as repeated jokes about a female bodybuilder secretly being a man and having a penis because of her perceived masculinity.