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Felix Gets The Best Lines On Orphan Black. Here’s The Video Proof.

After Tatiana Maslany’s phenomenal performances, Jordan Gavaris is my favorite part of BBC America’s Orphan Black. [Warning: partial nudity.]

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  • Fangs for the Fantasy

    “gay friend”

    Uh-huh, need to get the single characterisation point out there.

    “fetch me something gay”

    I never thought to establish my clothes as having a sexuality, I thought i was the gay one, not the clothes I wore.

    But then again, I also have a life beyond serving a collection of predominantly straight women – including playing agony aunt and confident to women I’ve only recently met – being sassy and generally being a picture perfect example of the most stereotypical Gay Best Friend we’ve seen for a long time

  • Moriah Davis

    The sassy gay friend is so overplayed. I think it’s essentially a Jim Crow type ‘character’ (If you qualify sassy quips as having character) Their sole purpose is to just be there as a side-kick and comic relief.

    Bugs me that more people aren’t offended by it…

  • Fangs for the Fantasy

    yeah it bothers me – so many people downplay it or are happy to have the gay friend comic relief, replete in stereotypes and zero characterisation – and pretend it’s decent inclusion. It sets my teeth on edge. I want to be a character, not sassy side kick who lives to serve straight women while being HILARIOUS while doing so.

    It’s a real shame on Orphan Black because that show is awesome to the nth degree. Tatiana Maslany is quite literally the best actress I’ve ever seen, the plot is amazing, most of the characters truly excellent – it’s essential required viewing. Such a shame there’s this homophobic caricature in the middle of it

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    It’s a real shame on Orphan Black because that show is awesome to the
    nth degree. Tatiana Maslany is quite literally the best actress I’ve
    ever seen, the plot is amazing, most of the characters truly excellent -
    it’s essential required viewing. Such a shame there’s this homophobic
    caricature in the middle of it

  • Anonymous

    <— Gay guy here, for whatever it's worth, and I don't find Felix to be offensive at all. It's hard to think of him as a stereotype when I actually KNOW a Felix or two. Sassy quips and all, these gay guys really exist, and I don't think it's necessarily portrayed in a negative light on the show. Actually, the clones have come to depend on him quite a bit because he is quite smart, quick thinking and fiercely loyal to the "sister" with whom he shares a troubled past. And yes, he's funny, but I don't mind that either. A little humor is good on such an otherwise dark show. The Alison character provides a lot of humor as well, and they employ every stereotypical suburban housewife cliche in the book for her! I think they've done a good job at making Felix more than just the "sassy queer".

    I can definitely think of a few other shows where gay characters are portrayed in a much worse and more stereotypical light (lookin at you, New Normal).

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I had this bizarre aneurysm-like moment where, as someone with adopted siblings, I resented the quotation marks you put around ‘sister’. And then I remembered that I don’t like most of my siblings. Carry on.

  • Flitzy

    I actually think that Jordan has portrayed Felix as much more atypical rather than typical of the standard; there’s much more to him than just one-liners. Sassy one-liners he does have but he also has plenty of other qualities, too — including being fiercely loyal who would do anything for a friend or to protect his loved ones.

    (Full disclosure: I love the Felix character so much.)

  • Anonymous

    Nah, you’re right. Not cool. Fixed.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Nah, jeze. I should have supported your comment. Nasty habit, always complaining. Life-hardening. Truthfully, I think Felix is a great character and it’s ridiculous to assume that he is a representation of all gay guys or even a subsection of gay guys. He’s a well-rounded character and doesn’t necessarily need to represent anyone except himself. Every single person on this planet is aware of stereotypes and prejudice whether they use the terms correctly, and I think we can all look in the mirror and see some of them if we look fast enough, squint a little, in the right light.

    Just for example, imagine how disappointed I was that, when I went away to college, I realized that the facial hair and manner of address I had adopted, presumably to hide the fact that I was toting around a little excess weight and a weak chin, were pretty much characteristic of a certain type of geek. Ah well. C’est la vie.

  • Fangs for the Fantasy

    I don’t think he is more than the sassy gay guy. He’s the sassy gay guy who lives to serve – he’s the comic relief without much else. It cast him as less than a full character – because that’s what he’s there for, comedy and serving the straight people – which is why I don’t find the “dependence” all that empowering – especially Allison who he barely knows, who treats him as an agony aunt and classic GBF. Humour is good on a dark show – but there’s too much history of gay men being used as clowns – why is it the gay man who is the unserious comic relief – with “gay clothes” who is introduced as the “gay friend”

    Yeah, I hate New Normal as well

  • Fangs for the Fantasy

    I see nothing about him that is atypical from an endless stream of GBFs who make sassy comments, are comic relief and whose lives revolve around propping up straight women (that would be the “fierce loyalty” which is less “loyalty” and more “my life is dedicated to straight women – including those I’ve only just met).

  • Ana KH

    I don’t know.. when I think about his relationship with the clones, I would say he’s sympathetic to Allison but he’s not devoted to her. His real loyalty is to his sister, and that to me has nothing to do with a gay trope and everything to do with their family dynamic. He resents Sarah for leaving, he sees her faults better than anyone, but at the end of the day she’s his big sister and he’s going to be there for her.

    Both Jordan and Tatiana do a fantastic job of hinting at their shared past as siblings, and their relationship feels fully fleshed out more so than any other on the show. When Sarah threatens to kill Allison if she ever threatens Felix again, I believe her. The entire time she’s involved in her crazy scam, the only two people she cares about are Felix and her daughter.

    I’m not a gay man so I can’t comment on the rest of his character, but as someone who has siblings I can say that that aspect of his character rings true.