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ABC sitcom with offensively stereotyped gay kid

Before you judge me, hear me out and make sure you've checked out this awful sitcom I'm referencing. ABC has some new TV show staring old drunk James Caan, it's called 'Back in the Game'. I don't think it's doing particularly well in the ratings but I've come across it three times now. It's apparently about an older, retired baseball manager who comes to coach his grandson's little league baseball team while living with him an his daughter, a single mom. Of course, lots of zany 'hilarity' ensues but it's one of the B-characters, clearly written-in as the minstrel sideshow/comic relief that I find troubling. He's a little boy, obviously gay, who is a walking, talking stereotype of every straight person's 1970s/1980s idea of gay men, only this one comes in pint size. The little guy likes to spread his fingers wide and hold them to his upper chest as he says things like "OMG, I can't stop eating this candy, SOMEBODY remind me to call my TRAINER!"... he says this as a flaming fey while the other boys, apparently tolerant of him physically, look at one another and roll their eyes. It goes on and on and on. The little nelly hooks up the grandson with the little girl he fancies, playing a gay matchmaker, careful never to suggest any little boy he may like, (that would be, you know, too icky. We need him to be a funny fag, not a human with feelings). He's precocious and acts well beyond his years would suggest. Yes, there are flamboyant little boys out there, but not EVERY gay man or boy is/was a flamer. Some of us played baseball and football, some of us even liked divas and such but would never act/want to act like a drag queen in front of our friends. It's really disgusting. They could have easily written-in a gay kid without it being a stereotype, but they needed the minstrel show.


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