What is going on with all the gay couples on television? First, on the German soap Forbidden Love Christian and Oliver have broken up! Now on the British soap Eastenders Christian and Syed are no longer together!
I am cognizant that gay relationships have problems just like heterosexual relationships. However, since there is a paucity of positive gay male representation in the media what message is the BBC sending? Can Syed and Christian ever be happy or will there always be grief? I know, a soap opera must have conflict but it just seems like Christian and Syed will never be happy. Are gay men just unhappy people that are doomed? Why can’t the BBC show Syed having some strength and self confidence? Why must Syed always be afraid of his homophobic Muslim family all the time?
I can understand Christian’s pain though, he was sick and tired of Syed refusing to challenge his homophobic Muslim family. Now some viewers of the BBC soap Eastenders feel the BBC have made Syed a wimp. I agree with the complaints that Syed is simply not a strong man he comes across as weak.
Syed’s wife Amira is determined to win back her man. Syed is so weak, Amira is manipulating him because they have a daughter together. Syed has a responsibility to take care of his child but I think Amira is playing with fire. Amira seems to think Syed is heterosexual and he is not. Syed only had sex with Amira out of duty not love. Will Amira’s plan work? Will Syed forget about Christian and fall in love with his wife? I think Amira is dreaming if she really believes she can turn a gay man straight.