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Heroes' Zach is gay...I mean straight!

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 11th 2006 10:40AM

HeroesHere's an interesting little tidbit from the world of Heroes: it looks like NBC has changed their mind about Zach.

It certainly looked to fans like Zach (Thomas Dekker) was gay, for four reasons: one, when Claire's nasty cheerleader friend made a remark about Zach, he said something to Claire along the lines of "I'm comfortable with who I am." Two, NBC's recap of that episode says he is. Three, the character's MySpace page lists his orientation as "not sure." And four, creator Tim Kring talked about the character being gay (and what happened with an NBC exec) in this interview.

So people are wondering: did NBC change the orientation of the character? Did Dekker? Did the writers change it? Here I was going to say "oh, it doesn't really matter if he's straight or gay," and if this was real life it wouldn't, but if someone actually changed his orientation for some reason (or reasons) on a TV show, that's worth talking about.

[via Pop Candy]

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Alan Richard

It's not only revolting, it's an attack on young gay men (as if they didn't have enough). Think about the implications, particularly with all the "ex-gay" bulls**t going on. Boycotting the show and writing the network to tell them WHY is the least anyone could do at this point. You know the other side would.

December 26 2006 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DarthPaul

"Have you ever really known any straight boys in high school who claim to be anything other than straight? I never did. In an era when "that's so gay" is the catchphrase of choice and gay teens are beaten and harrassed just as much or more than ever, being gay is still seen as a huge stigma. Especially for boys."

That's why most alternative types are ambiguous because they want to retain the outsider image.

I know loads of straight people who don't say what their sexuality is, because it's no business of other people. I'm sure it can't be limited to just the UK.

December 13 2006 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

This is revolting behavior on the network's part. Too bad Kring couldn't show a little guts, as the creator of NBC's brightest hit this year, and come out and say that the network pressured him into putting Zach into the deep closet. To everyone who didn't get a "gay vibe" from the character: YES, not ALL gay people act like Jack (or even Will) on "Will and Grace". There were clearly enough hints that he was gay, and it's deeply disappointing to me that for some reason the network, or the actor's handlers, couldn't tolerate the thought of a CHARACTER on a TV SHOW who was under 18 being gay but not flaming, and actually one of the best-adjusted people on the show. If it is the actor's management's fault, then I can't believe that they think playing a gay character will hurt the actor's chances of success on another show. The list of actors whose careers haven't been hurt begins with Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, not to mention a straight cross-dresser in "Bosom Buddies").
This is a black eye for a show I really liked.

December 12 2006 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Murphy

Either way, he is undeniably hot :-)

December 12 2006 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bluekidcory

The myspace page is just a page. It's fake and probably made by some random person, the blogs aren't even written the same way he speaks. It's too upbeat and many other things.
Besides that, I never thought he was gay. None of the articles, even the ones with Kring say out right that the gay character is Zach, and though he never said he wasn't he seems to like Claire too much.
TOODLES

December 11 2006 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

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His myspace says "not sure" because he's like every other highschool alternative type, who doesn't want to label himself (it's cool to be ambiguous)"

Have you ever really known any straight boys in high school who claim to be anything other than straight? I never did. In an era when "that's so gay" is the catchphrase of choice and gay teens are beaten and harrassed just as much or more than ever, being gay is still seen as a huge stigma. Especially for boys.

The show did plan to make this character gay. They have caved due to cowardice.

http://afterelton.logo-blogs.com/2006/12/11/heroes-creator-tim-kring-speaks-out-about-gay-controversy/

What a wonderful message - that gays can go straight in the blink of an eye if other people disapprove. I was a fan of this show, but since the producers clearly don't have any use for gay character or gay fans (and the most that the above article can say is golly gosh maybe someday they might be different), then that means they don't want me as a fan.

December 11 2006 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

lp what high school did you go to? if you don't answer the question you are a fag, that's how high school goes.

December 11 2006 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MrC

I always thought he was straight, but probably because I identified with the awkward geeky a/v guy who seems dedicated to the hot girl who treats him like crap. (aka my high school life)

December 11 2006 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DarthPaul

The only "obvious gay hints" were totally implied, from the talk of "coming out" (which was related to Claire, not Zach) & the ribbing from the cheerleaders (who were bitches who would probably call anyone who isn't a jock gay)

His myspace says "not sure" because he's like every other highschool alternative type, who doesn't want to label himself (it's cool to be ambiguous)

Not once did he actually say he was, nor would it be too much of a problem either was.

December 11 2006 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TomB

I think he's gay -- not that there's anything wrong with that.

December 11 2006 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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