"The Get Down" Better Stop Fucking With Our Emotions #dizzeeXthor

Noah Le Gros as "Thor" and Jaden Smith as "Dizzee"
Spoilers, I guess

I just finished Part 2 of The Get Down on Netflix last night and I am pissed AF at the handling of graffiti artists Dizzee and Thor.

Seriously, tho.  I'm rooting for these two.  They're my favorite couple on the whole damn show (I'm so over Zeke and Mylene).  Dear hetero writers: if you're gonna give us a same-sex couple, then give us a damn same-sex couple.  Don't give us "hints"; don't tease us like we're middle school children.  Dizzee and Thor are not only sexually attracted to each other, they're in love.  When they're busted for spray painting and Thor is sent to jail, I was ticked at first, but then the writers made it work by having Dizzee write to Thor regularly, thus beautifully continuing their romance (also, it was nice to have the White boy go to jail rather than the other way around; the pilot established Dizzee already got locked up before).

When Thor is let out, the first thing he does is find Dizzee who, in a drug-induced haze, finally admits out loud he's in love.  He then collapses and a calm, methodical Thor is shown removing his coat to cover Dizzee's body and then applying chest compressions.  I can't explain why I love that scene so much.

But then we don't see them together during Dizzee's recuperation (we don't really see much of them period), and the next time we do, they're...painting.  Each other (somewhat), walls, other stuff, but no kissing or real touching or even conversation.  It was like someone allowed Jaden Smith to both write and direct that scene, which was a huge mistake.

Part 2 of The Get Down ends with the couple - if we're even allowed to call them that at this point - running from the cops (again).  One chases Dizzee into a tunnel with an oncoming train, while either Thor escapes this time or is captured again.  Their fates are left up in the air, leaving me to wonder why the hell the writers even bothered.
Dizzie’s comic adventures are a new addition, as the street artist uses paper instead of public property to share his craft and recount the crew’s quest for artistic conquest. We watch animated sequences that he narrates instead of the typical live-action accounts, and these scenes pop up randomly enough to make you wonder if they were incorporated to save money, help avoid reshoots, or simply add an extra dash of flavor in this giant creative pot — we’ve got DJs, choreographers, musicians, actors, directors, writers, and more, all on set, so why not an animation team, too?

...Dizzie’s alien analogy for his homosexuality — he draws himself as a green extraterrestrial separate from, but living in, the human world — feels a bit too on the nose for us to maintain genuine admiration for his drug-fueled paintings. His disconnect from reality draws the wrong kind of comparisons considering who’s playing him, and his final arc is frighteningly opaque.
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And quick side note, yes...the main reason I care about these two is that Noah Le Gros is pretty as fuck, and puts me in mind of Daniel Johns from Silverchair, back in the early 1990s...except Noah's much prettier.



You know, I just finished a Korean omnibus series called The Lover (actually, I finished watching all the Joon Jae/Takuya scenes), and here we see this problem again.  Mind you, homosexuality in Korea is supposedly an even bigger taboo than it is here, but you wouldn't know that from watching The Get Down and The Lover at the same time.  Once more we are graced with childish jokes, awkward teasing, un-clever innuendo, and my personal favorite, diminished screen time...but gods forbid we have any kissing or touching for too long.  And while Joon Jae and Takuya do get a "happy" ending, it feels rushed and overly simplified, like an afterthought tacked on just to shut fans up and keep us from demanding more.


Y'all, it is 2017 and I'mma really need the heterosexist narrative to just stay in its lane.  We've had this conversation.  Its toxicity is infecting the homosexual narrative.  It's not simply enough to write in gay/bisexual characters, you have to commitThe Get Down likes using the LGBTQ culture, its fashions, its contributions to music and dance, but doesn't like actually fleshing LGBTQ characters out.  Matter of fact, if they're not singing, dancing, and just being oh so delightfully "queer", they're barely even shown (DJ Malibu died in the very first episode and he was my instant favorite).

Unacceptable.

To the Powers that Be who are supposedly hellbent on making a Season 2, do better.  Consult some LGBTQ writers and directors on what to do with Dizzee and Thor.  Offer Noah a hefty-ass raise and an apology for wasting his time (Jaden already got enough money), then give the characters a properly written arc in which they actually get to be together, and for the love of the gods, let them kiss.

Don't get it twisted now...ships like these will keep your series afloat.  Cuz Lawd knows there are shows that shoulda sunk soon as they left the dock, but two guys kissing totally saved the day.

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  1. Oh shit you just made me watch that wedding scene again.

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