January 18, 2022

It’s A Sin creator Russell T Davies denounces cliché of ‘nice’ gay character

The writer has spoken of bringing flaws to his protagonists (Photos:.)

It’s a sin creator Russell T Davies has criticized the cliché around “nice gay characters”, saying he intentionally writes flaws in his protagonists.

The writer, who is set to take over as Doctor Who’s showrunner, garnered widespread accolades for his work on the Channel 4 drama earlier this year.

Speaking of avoiding the trope when creating It’s A Sin’s character Ritchie, played by Olly Alexander, he said he wanted to avoid portraying “nice” gay characters on the hit series.

“His selfishness and the fact that he thinks he’s so smart he can get out of any situation.” It’s me. All of his worst flaws are mine, ”he told The Guardian, discussing his creative choices involved in bringing Ritchie to life on the page.

He added, “People often say my main characters are unpleasant, and I think, ‘Well, I do it on purpose, because we often are. Aimable is very easy to write, isn’t it?

“We often have the feeling that the gay character should be the nice character. And I tell myself that nobody cares about Tony Soprano, do they? But gays must be nice! I love to ignore it. ‘

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An incredible 18.2 million viewers to watch the story of Ritchie, Jill (Lydia West) and the Pink Palace Friendship Circle unfold earlier this year on It’s a Sin.

The drama followed a circle of gay friends who lived in London during the HIV and AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

It had an incredible impact on real life as well, with the Terrence Higgins Trust charity also announcing the show. caused a 600% increase in HIV testing.

The writer has spoken of writing flaws in his character (Photo: Fabio De Paola / REX / Shutterstock)

It comes after writer Russell paid tribute to those who died during the AIDS pandemic in the ’80s as It’s a Sin won a National Television Award for Best New Drama.

The writer was joined on stage by his star Olly Alexandre, where he gave a short and sweet message.

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Speaking about the AIDS crisis, Russell said, “It is good to dedicate this to those we have lost, to those who have lived, to those who have learned and to those whom we have loved. “

Olly said it was a “privilege” to be a part of the show, her first major acting role.

It’s a Sin is available to stream on All4.

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