Desiree Akhavan, director of the award-winning film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, has claimed Amazon rejected her upcoming series The Bisexual because it already had an LGBTQ-oriented series, reports the U.K.'s Pink News.
"I pitched this script in 2014/2015 to all the networks in L.A. and was rejected everywhere," Akhavan said. She said Amazon turned down the concept because it had its LGBTQ slate filled up, giving the excuse, "Well, we already have Transparent.”
Amazon has not responded to Pink News' request for comment.
The filmmaker also addressed how necessary specifically bisexual characters are to the community.
“It’s complicated — there isn’t a face of bisexuality and it feels disingenuous,” she explained at a London event. “If I’m walking down the street with a women, I’m a lesbian.”
Noting that bisexuals' identity is usually defined by the person they are currently dating, she told the audience. “When you don’t see something often, it becomes hard to relate to.”
Shame around bisexuality has affected Akhavan deeply, she said.
“I realised recently every time I did anything people said ‘bisexual Desiree’ and I felt like it was a deeply embarrassing thing. They always said, ‘She fucks men and women.’ If they’d said, lesbian, I’d have been like, fuck yeah, but it was embarrassing," she said. "There are a lot of openly bisexual people, but you identify them with who they’re holding hands within that moment."
The Bisexual will screen on the U.K.'s Channel 4. The show,will explore the experience of dating men and women from a London resident with a bisexual perspective, played by Akhavan herself.