Analysis Of The Character Rickie Vasquez From Abc 's 1994-1995 Television Series My So Called Life

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I want to elaborate on this isolation by using the character Rickie Vasquez from ABC’s 1994-1995 television series My So-Called Life. Wilson Cruz portrays a fifteen-year-old bisexual boy of color caught up in the storm of mid-nineties adolescence in this short-running cult classic, and it is Rickie’s unique development as an early queer T.V. character that I want to discuss. First and foremost, Rickie presents a unique opportunity for queer characterization in that he is one of the few GBF characters who are not white. I am hesitant to call this a coincidence, both because of our society’s foundation of institutionalized racism and the fact that being a gay best friend assumes certain spaces of privilege. To be fashionable, one cannot be poor and homeless; to have a sharp tongue, one cannot be preoccupied nursing a black eye. Rickie faces all these obstacles—he finds himself beaten, bruised, and abandoned by his own family because of his sexuality (“So Called Angels”). Interestingly, the development of Rickie in this way personifies him, attempting to alleviate the accessorization done to him by his girl friends. That he experiences these tragedies, in contrast to a more glamorous Kurt or Elijah, develops a sense of privilege that separates Rickie from the typical gay best friend motif. As such, it can be said that Rickie’s lack of privilege shields him from some of the GBF objectification by adding extra turmoil in other parts of his life. Unfortunately, the fantasy of…

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