GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index Reveals Lack of LGBT Visibility
BY Advocate.com Editors
July 22 2014 6:00 AM ET
Above: We're the Millers
2013 Rating: Failing
Out of the 18 movies Warner Bros. released, three contained characters that could be deemed LGBT, but none of them, GLAAD says, were positive or pivotal characters.
In the Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone flick Grudge Match, there's a scene in a jail cell in which a transgender woman dressed as a sex worker cracks jokes to seemingly provide "urban color," as the report puts it. In the summer comedy We're the Millers, a Mexican police officer pulls over a group of people masquerading as an American family as they smuggle drugs across the border. He says he'll let them go if one of the men performs a sex act on him. And the sadistic Leslie Chow, who was a mainstay in the Hangover movies, is portrayed as having a sexual interest in men. GLAAD says that while the third film has improved over the first two, as far as LGBT portrayals go, Chow does say to one of the protagonists, “Want Chow to blow your dick? ... I could be a good wife to you!”
"These characters are disappointing throwbacks to a time when members of our community only appeared in Hollywood films to make an audience uncomfortable or set up a joke," the organization said in the report. "Particularly in their comedies aimed at young male audiences, Warner Brothers has a lot of growing up to do."
For more information, read GLAAD's full Studio Responsibility Index report here.