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Karamo is tired of ‘pretty white boys’ representing LGBTI community in film

Karamo is tired of ‘pretty white boys’ representing LGBTI community in film

Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown is ‘tired’ of seeing the narrative of ‘pretty white boys’ representing the LGBTI community in film.

In an interview with Insider, the Queer Eye culture guy was discussing gay coming-of-age film Call Me By Your Name.

He said the film was ‘problematic’ for a number of reasons. Brown called out the age gap between the two main characters Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer).

Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name
Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name | Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

He said: ‘I know we’re calling [Oliver] a college student, but it looks like a grown man having sex with a little boy,” he added. “And for me, I just was not OK with that.

‘Why are we pretending like this is OK in any sense, fashion, or form?’ he asked.

He later said: ‘There is predatory behavior there that I see, especially in the movie, where Armie Hammer looks dramatically older than this young man.’

More diversity in film

Karamo Brown also hit out at the choice of casting two straight actors to play the gay leading roles.

He said: ‘There are so many talented — and popular — gay celebrities. Why not pop one of them in there?’

Brown then said he wants to see more diversity in LGBTI characters in film.

‘I’m tired of this continued narrative of pretty white boys as the only representation of the LGBT community,’ he said. ‘Every movie is like, “Look! I’m a pretty white boy and my life is hard but maybe it’ll get better!”‘

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