American Gods (TV show)

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Title American Gods
Network Starz
Premiere 2017
Purchase Available on Amazon

American Gods is a 2017 television show based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman.

LGBT Representation

The character of Salim (played by Omid Abtahi in the show) is a gay Muslim man from Oman. In both the novel and the television show, he has an explicit sex scene with the Jinn (portrayed by Mousa Kraish in the show). On April 18, 2017, Abraham Riesman, staff culture writer for New York Magazine, tweeted that American Gods has "the single hottest and most pornographic gay sex scene ever put on mainstream television, so buckle up for ep 3."[1]

In an interview with Birth Movies Death, showrunner Bryan Fuller discussed the scene:

When queried about making American Gods such a sausage party, writer and showrunner Bryan Fuller at first has a simple explanation: "Starz loves cock." He quickly adds, more seriously, "'Equal opportunity' was the actual term. They knew that there was going to be sexual content in the show, and we were clear that it was always going to be uncuttable, in the sense that it would be related to character and story, and be presented as artfully as anything else. If there's a sex scene in a show or film where if you eliminated it, someone can still appreciate the emotional journeys of the characters, then it probably wasn't done right. At least, that’s how we went about it. You couldn't tell the Salim-and-Jinn story without being honest about it, and we really wanted to tell that story and tell it right. It's probably the part of the book we tell with the most fidelity, because it's very moving and romantic."[2]

LGBT Cast and Crew

Showrunner Bryan Fuller is openly gay.



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