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Token Gay of the Day: Thad and Patrick in “The Family Stone”

Token Gay of the Day: Thad and Patrick in “The Family Stone”

I should be pleased when a mainstream Hollywood film counts an interracial gay couple among its characters. Except that the word “character” is a bit of a stretch for a pair who are barely fleshed out beyond their box-ticking descriptors of gay, deaf and (in one case) black. Three diversity quotas for the price of one! Hell, they even throw in gay adoption. And when I say throw in, I mean cover in a single shot.

The characters’ only real purpose in the film is to provide the fuel for Sarah Jessica Parker’s big homophobic faux-pas, when she manages to insult the whole family, and by implication, the viewer’s own liberal sensibilities. It’s just a shame that what we are being so proudly accepting of is a pair of characters as thinly sketched and cravenly tokenistic as they come.

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Gimme a break, they rocked as your basic couple, gay or straight. I thought they were very endearing. SJP's character is a hugely stupid, socially awkward snob who offended even straight people with her uptight, rude, judgmental manner. She deserved to be put on the spot for such ridiculous commentary about members of the family whose house she was staying in. I think that was meant to show the tensions that can arise during any family get together.

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