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Black Mirror ep about men having virtual sex is ‘analogy’ for porn, says writer

Black Mirror ep about men having virtual sex is ‘analogy’ for porn, says writer

Black Mirror writer Charlie Brooker has discussed the metaphorical meaning of Striking Vipers, the episode in which two straight men explore their sexuality.

‘I think there’s a bit of a porn analogy going on,’ he said, speaking to Metro.

‘There’s definitely a commentary on male awkwardness or trying to negotiate what this friendship is in this big curve.’

He furthermore explained: ‘The big spanner goes in the works and they’re not quite sure who they are in a way and what they mean to each other and how they express that, and there is a way where you can communicate.’

‘There’s definitely similar tech to San Junipero’

He went on to compare the episode to the Emmy-winning San Junipero, which features a lesbian storyline.

‘There’s definitely similar tech to San Junipero and the way it plays out is very different,’ he said. ‘We were sort of thinking of things like porn and an analogy for that that hopefully isn’t grubby.’

Striking Vipers, which stars Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and dropped on Netflix recently, has been warmly-received.

‘One of the things I found fascinating about writing it, is that I don’t quite know where I stand on a lot of the issues,’ Charlie continued.

‘I don’t have an answer to that. Yes and no is the answer to a lot of those things. Is he being unfaithful? Yes he definitely is, but also no he isn’t because it’s not really happening. ‘Then again, it sort of is really happening… Is this a homosexual relationship they’re having? Yes it is, but also no, it isn’t. So there’s all sorts of stuff going on.’

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