Gay characters on television are becoming as common as the sitcom itself, but black gay characters are rarely seen in prime-time if at all. Ice Cube's hit TBS comedy 'Are We There Yet' recently tackled a gay storyline involving one of the most non-stereotypical presentations of a black gay character I've seen on TV in quite a while.
In 'The Boy Has Style', Cedric, a well dressed, 6'2, attractive football player is the object of sixteen-year old Lindsey's affection but there's only one problem-he's gay.
Cedric admits that's he's gay and only interested in a platonic relationship when confronted by Lindsey's father played by Terry Crews. There's no drama or attempt on Cedric's part to lie about who he is and his honesty is received with respect.
This episode is a step in the right direction and one can only hope it will serve as a blueprint for other shows such as TV One's Love That Girl which relies heavily on stereotypical gay characters for laughs. The writers of this episode of 'Are We There Yet'? definitely got this one right.
Check out the full episode HERE and tell me your thoughts.
'Are We There Yet'? airs Wednesday at 10/9c on TBS.