I am not a particular big fan of brandon nor braille - but im a bit surprised of all the hate he gets in the gaydebunch tag. Because - he is just a boy of 16 that forms a connection and falls in love with a girl, and then the world tells him their love can not exist. So he reacts with defiance, but in the end he realize there is a better path for them. I think a lot of people can think back to their youth and identify with the tunnel vision teenagers often get stuck in, especially when in love.
I think the problem with Brandon — or, well, the reason there is so much frustration about him re: #GaydyBunch — is that his story is juxtaposed to: a) An interracial lesbian couple who has fought against Prop. 8 to be legally married; b) a transgender teenager whose family has ostracized him and so he chooses to risk his life rather than be confined to a body that doesn’t match his gender identity; and c) a gender atypical tween who just wants a safe place to call home. He also seems completely unable to understand that no means no, which of course taps into that cultural discussion we’re having right now about rape culture. Brandon seems like a pretty good dude, but his brand of straight white male entitlement/myopia always has the potential to be off-putting, and to a group of queer women who have fought so hard and so long for just basic civil rights, it is bamboozling and infuriating in the extreme.
Or, as my favorite Fosters recapper, Lucy Hallowell, said to me in an email a few minutes ago:
Previously on The Fosters:Callie told Brandon she would be homeless if they got together and he tried to get in her pants.Callie told Brandon to back off and he tried to get in her pants.Jude told Brandon to back off and he tried to get in Callie’s pants.Brandon’s moms got married and Brandon tried to get in Callie’s pantsBrandon’s grandfather died and he tried to get in Callie’s pants.Callie told Brandon they were done and he was like “oh I get it now that you’ll be homeless and family-less if I don’t back off, aren’t I super sensitive?”