True Blood: It’s a Metaphor, but Does It Mean Anything?

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According to Aubrey Sitterson, "From the very beginning of True Blood, the show’s creators have made frequent efforts to have the vampires’ struggle for equal rights mirror that of gay people in the real world. In fact, every episode of the show features at least one link, in the form of the sign seen in the opening credits sequence that states, 'GOD HATES FANGS.' This is, of course, a reference to Fred Phelps and his disgustingly anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church."

But he asks, Do you think that True Blood should do a better job developing their blatant metaphor and finding something to say about it? Is that expecting too much from what is ultimately a sensationalistic genre program? Or, do you think that we’re reading too much into the parallels contained within the series?

What do you think?
07/13/2011
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Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
I think that it is more likely to be compared to racism than homophobia. You know, all that, "They're bad, dangerous and violent" blah blah blahing? If it had anything to do with homophobia, I'm pretty sure that there would be more focus on Lafayette and now Tara. Some conversation between them or something?

I don't believe anything the media tells me to make me like their programming more.
07/13/2011
Ansley Ansley
I've only seen the show one time. I can't see the writers being witty enough to pull something like that off. Just my .02.
07/13/2011
Kat-Troy Kat-Troy
To say it's a metaphor for gay rights is a blanket statement. If you look at it as more of a metaphor for civil rights (and throughout history), of all kinds, sex, gender, race, etc., then the almost randomly sensationalistic plot points seem a little more coherent.
07/13/2011
potstickers potstickers
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Originally posted by Ansley
I've only seen the show one time. I can't see the writers being witty enough to pull something like that off. Just my .02.
I guess you didn't see one of the other 4 seasons' worth of good episodes.

I agree with Kat-Troy. It's not only about gays but also about race and religion.
07/13/2011
Miss Morphine Miss Morphine
Quote:
Originally posted by Kat-Troy
To say it's a metaphor for gay rights is a blanket statement. If you look at it as more of a metaphor for civil rights (and throughout history), of all kinds, sex, gender, race, etc., then the almost randomly sensationalistic plot points seem a ... More
Civil rights as a whole makes more sense.
07/18/2011
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