Finally, the truth about the Lone Ranger and Tonto
by Adam Finley, posted Jun 6th 2006 11:55AM
While some advances have been made in how gays are portrayed and accepted on television, one doesn't have to think too far back to remember a time when gays were either not on television at all, or those who were gay often played characters whose mannerisms were chalked up to them merely being "eccentric." That's probably a good topic for a more serious post some other time, but for today I just wanted to point you to this funny piece over at Cracked, written by comedian Vinnie Penn and titled "10 Movie and TV Duos That Were Probably Gay." The piece has some great lines, such as Penn's appraisal of the relationship between Tonto and the Lone Ranger: "Just ask yourself the last time you were at a club and saw a white-as-can-be, no-nonsense kinda guy sitting next to a considerably smaller, non-speaking, cowering foreigner, what was your immediate assessment? Golf buddies?" I also give Penn extra points for not taking the easy route with the Peanuts gang and going for the tired joke about Peppermint Patty being a lesbian. Instead, he insists it was actual Linus and Schroeder who had eyes for one another. I'm not sure Lucy would have handled that news very well.