It appears that HBO’s hit show Insecure is looking to tackle more LGBT centered topics in season 3. In an interview with BET, actress and showrunner Issa Rae spoke on one of the show’s most talked about scenes from season one; where Molly had learned that Jared, the rent-a-car salesmen, had once received oral sex from a man. This surprising revelation sparked a conversation among fans regarding bisexuality and sexual fluidity.
“We wanted to start a conversation,” Rae told BET. “This is something I discuss with my friends. Ten years ago, I remember telling my friends, ‘I’m de-synthesized to the construct of Black masculinity and I’m de-synthesized to bisexuality.’ We have so many friends who are bisexual or gay and I was like, ‘I don’t think I would trip if a guy I was dating said he had messed with another guy if, in my mind, he still identified as an alpha male.’ They were like, ‘Well, he still f–ked another dude, so he’s gay.’ I just thought that was an interesting conversation. Then the writers brought it up and noted that while some people agreed and some people did not, any conversation like that that sparked a debate we had to put it in on the show.”
When then asked about whether the show would take on more LGBT issues in season 3, this is what Issa had to say,
“It’s just figuring out the right way to do that. I think so many other shows are doing a great job without feeling like it’s shoehorned and it fits in naturally. For us, it’s just about finding the most natural way. There are so many topics we wanted to explore but, at the end of the day, we are just trying to tell a good story without anything feeling forced. It’s something I’d love to tackle. We almost did it this season but it didn’t fit within the story we were trying to tell. Hopefully, we’ll see what season three will hold.”
Given the black community’s complicated and difficult history with LGBT issues, season 3 will definitely be an interesting story to watch.