Ken Jeong's character in the 'Hangover' series was slammed for his 'homophobic humor' despite showing signs that he's gay.
GLAAD has unveiled their second annual Studio Responsibility Index report which details the way Hollywood depicts lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transexuals on the big screen. The LGBT organization was disappointed this year because out of 102 films, only 17 of them included gay characters.
"What's disheartening for me and to all of us in GLAAD is when it comes to major studio films, LGBT people are basically invisible," GLAAD national spokesman Wilson Cruz told the NY Daily News. "And when we do show up, it's largely a part of comedies as carictatures to service a joke that's at the expense of the character."
Among those given the bad report were "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Hangover". Martin Scorsese's "Wall Street" included a stereotype gay butler who appeared only briefly and was beaten at the end. Ken Jeong's "Hangover" character Leslie Chow made "homophobic humor" particularly in the last two installments.
"A walking joke, the films have all depicted Chow as gay (or at least very attracted to other men) simply to create even more moments meant to make the audience laugh or squirm," GLAAD wrote in its report. "...With LGBT characters so incredibly rare in films of the 'Hangover' series' reach and popularity, it's disheartening that this offensively constructed character also stands out as one of the most significant among the 2013 releases."
Also getting the bad note was "Riddick" that hinted Katee Sackhoff's character as a lesbian who received rape threats and slurs. She eventually fell for Vin Diesel's manly character. "Grown Ups 2" was criticized for "recurring jokes about a female bodybuilder character secretly being a man."
Those that were given positive feedback were "Peeples", "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones", "Philomena" and "Battle of the Year". Sony was the only studio to receive a "good" grade from GLAAD while the others such as 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios were graded as adequate.
"There seems to be this vicious circle, where studios saying they weren't getting scripts that were inclusive, while writers were telling us the studios weren't interested in making films LBGT in them," Cruz said.