Question: So I was just wondering, this is specifically about Cosima and Felix and queer representation in the media. You kind of already got some positive feedback about Cosima, but I’m wondering like what other type of feedback you got and if the queer community is something you keep in mind when creating those characters.
Jordan: Yeah actually, that’s a really interesting question. From the LGBT community, the reaction to Felix was brilliant. I did receive a couple of little things from the straight community, actually, where they felt he was a bit of an ugly stereotype, and he was a bit of a cliche, over the top, blah blah blah. And my response to that has always been this: you cannot collectively, as a society, decide that you are only going to represent one part of a minority. It’s like saying you’ve represented black people on television because you air an episode of The Cosbys. That is not true. Just like you cannot put episode of Modern Family on and say that you’re represented the LGBT community. That’s unfair, it’s exclusionary, and it’s irresponsible. I just don’t know when as a society in television and film it sort of only became okay to represent gay people in the traditional sense where they have a great job, and well adjusted parents, and maybe a surrogate or adopted child. When was that the only way you could represent gay people? And I also feel that it’s a little bit unsavory that anyone from the straight community comments, this person’s comments were, “If I was a gay man, I would be offended.” That’s just not fair because you’re not a gay man. You don’t understand that. That’s so irresponsible as a journalist, as anyone who is writing on a public forum. Not good. so that was my reaction to that. And I love Felix to death. Clichés and not clichés and everything. And maybe that’s a choice he makes consciously, a defense mechanism. There’s a million reasons why. There are so many more interesting things to Felix than who he’s sleeping with.
Friday, 19 of July, 2013