Who would've thought that an episode of Supernatural titled "The Chitters" would be the one to show how easy it is to bring both inclusion and character diversity to the small screen? I bow down to the episode for shooting down the unfortunate stereotypes and tropes that so many TV series continue to produce today, especially when it comes to LGBT characters.
Wednesday's episode opened up in the year 1989 with two brothers walking in the woods, and then so effortlessly and casually, 12-year-old Jessy says, "It finally happened. Me and Jack. We kissed." With just those eight opening words, Supernatural proved how inclusion isn't a difficult thing to bring into a story line. It was wonderful to see a proud, young gay man loving himself and expressing excitement over kissing the boy he liked.
Sadly, Jessy and his older brother, Matty, encountered a monster in the woods, resulting in the death of Matty. Flip to present day, where Sam and Dean are hunting the very same monster that killed Matty and also run into an adult Jessy. He is now a hunter, who has been trying to avenge his brother's death for the past 27 years.
The best part? Jessy isn't hunting alone but found a partner in Cesar, who also happens to be his husband. That's right, Supernatural had an entire episode revolving around an interracial, gay married couple. Never did I think I'd see the day. What more could I ask for? Oh, how about the fact they both survived to see a happy ending! And they were both heroes! And Jessy was able to find a little bit of peace over Matty's death!
Obviously, Supernatural has featured gay characters before, like the late Charlie Bradbury (how I miss her and Felicia Day). There was just something special about this particular Season 13 episode and how it flawlessly illustrated that two men being in love isn't a big deal (it's part of everyday life, people) and that two gay men can be strong, badass, heroic hunters. It also didn't make the story line about Jessy and Cesar being gay, which happens way too often on television.
I'm not the only one who feels this way. Supernatural viewers agree and have never been prouder to be fans of this show.
BIG, BURLY HUNTERS WHO ARE GAY AND ALSO A COUPLE AND HAVE A HAPPY ENDING. #supernatural— Meghan Gerhart (@MeghanGerhart) April 28, 2016
TWO HAPPY ENDINGS FOR INTERRACIAL GAY COUPLES ON SPN IN ONE SEASON. What is life? #Supernatural— Tessa Jo (@girly_fanatic) April 28, 2016
Props to the ppl responsible for all the character diversity being shown lately: another married gay couple tonight! #Supernatural— Whimsy and Noir (@GhoulieGaby) April 28, 2016
I do love how SPN writes gay couples in but doesn't make it all about them being gay. Same with Charlie. Always so well done. #Supernatural— Stephanie Roberts (@Steph_Roberts) April 28, 2016
I really love and respect #Supernatural's use of gay characters in minor roles. The show doesn't get enough credit for it.— John Kubicek (@johnkubicek) April 28, 2016
it feels great to know that #supernatural included gay hunters in a happy, healthy, loving relationship + they got their happily ever after— seneca shade (@friedangelwings) April 28, 2016
And with that, Supernatural deserves a huge round of applause. Now, let's hope it continues in this positive direction.
Supernatural airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW.
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