At the end of the first season of the Muchmusic soap LA Complex, Kal beat up Tariq because he was fearful Dynasty and his crew would find out he is gay.
I really enjoyed the Tariq and Kal gay romance because it is so rare to see gay black men in love on television.
Andre Fuller and Ben Watson are gorgeous!
Fuller and Watson are fearless in their romantic scenes and the passion is powerful and feels real.
I liked the fact that Kal and Tariq personalities are different and that their love was starting to grow.
Benjamin Watson and Andre Fuller are excellent actors and their physical chemistry is tremendous.
However, I am still disappointed that the LA Complex writers felt it was necessary for Kal to brutally beat up Tariq. I think it was lazy writing by the writers in order to keep the gay storyline dramatic.
I am not disputing that domestic violence does not occur in gay male relationships. However, since there is a paucity of black gay men on television was it necessary to make their relationship violent? I am concerned about the negative racist and sexist stereotypes that exist in society about queer black men.
I will tune into Much Music on July 17th to see the aftermath of the domestic violence scene. I wonder, will Tariq take Kal back? Is Tariq going to press charges against Kal for domestic violence?
Or will the writers simply end the relationship between the two men? I am intrigued by this storyline because it is nice to see gay black men on a television show who aren’t cardboard gay stereotypes. I am glad that Tariq or Kal aren’t drag queens, cross dressers, or effeminate that’s a real relief. It is nice to see two masculine gay black men on a prime time soap opera.