April 12, 2017 at 1:51 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Andrew Rannells says ‘Looking’ wasn’t supposed to represent every gay man

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Andrew Rannells opened up about his experience as a gay actor playing gay roles in Hollywood in a recent interview with Vulture.

Rannells, who plays Elijah on the show “Girls,” described the types of roles he’s been offered since the hit HBO show is ending after six seasons.

“I’ve been offered a lot of gay besties recently, and they’re not all created equal, so that’s tricky,” Rannells told Vulture. “But there are a lot of really great scripts out there, too, and there are a lot of fantastic writers telling very unique and personal stories. But yes, on top of that, there are also a lot of one- and two-dimensional gay friends, just being drunk and sassy. And I’ve done that for a while.”

Rannells also compared fellow HBO show “Looking” to “Girls,” both shows that have been criticized for a lack of diverse representation.

“I experienced that with Lena [Dunham] too – that Lena is somehow supposed to represent every young woman, and that’s not what she set out to do. She never claimed that. I remember the clip of her in the pilot that’s so funny, when she says ‘I may be the voice of my generation,’ there was a confusion that she was saying that about herself, and she wasn’t – her character just had that very stoned realization talking with her parents,” Rannells says.

“I think ‘Looking’ had some of that, too. These guys are just telling a story about these people! They’re not supposed to represent every gay man in America! It’s just this group of friends, that’s all,” Rannells continued.

1 Comment
  • HBO presented a portrait of a white gay man who’s so clueless he relates exceptionally tone-deaf rhetoric of latino penises to a gay latino’s face in just the first few episodes. That in the 21st century seems a bit like social-engineering sympathy for privileged white gay racists.

    So since you feel the need to clarify the artistic direction of the series then acknowledge that this particular group of privileged white gay characters have unexamined race issues too the behavior of which were not supposed to be emulated by white gays within the greater gay community.

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