Music has always been a part of my life -- now welcome to the journey. Just a little blog to reminisce, review, rant and rave about the music in my life. "Music is my mother and my father. It is my work and my rest,my blood, my compass, my love" ~Jeff Buckley
Sunday, February 12, 2017
My Love Affair With Stuart Alan Jones
And I'm not gonna change.
You know that, don't you?
Cos it isn't a phase.
I'm not gonna grow out of it.
I'm gonna be gay forever.
On February 23, 1999 a series based on the gay culture in
Manchester's Canal Street area first aired in the UK. Queer as Folk UK ran
for only two seasons, giving us only ten episodes, but it
remains one of the foremost important shows for gay culture.*
The main characters Stuart Alan Jones (Aidan Gillen), long time
friend and Dr. Who loving Vince Tyler (Craig Kelly), and teenager Nathan
Maloney (Charlie Hunnam) brought Canal Street culture into the mainstream
for many. To me it is a time capsule of a bygone era. Think about it, the
thought of gay marriage seemed like something of a dream. Many of the
stereotypes of gay culture were outed: one night stands, parties and drugs. But
it also confronted the conflicting moment of finally coming out with possibly one
of the best scenes ever in television, if not for how Stuart comes out, but how
he also exposes his nephew for being the creepy blackmailer that he is.
it was all Stuart Alan Jones. I had loved Aidan Gillen since I saw him in Some
Mother's Son, but he made Stuart the hedonistic, self-absorbed, sad,
confused gay man, father, lover, and enemy who blows up people's cars. The man,
who in Episode Four said he wanted to "die shagging", became almost a
gay superhero in this show.
perfect, although he thinks he is; he's capable of having feelings of love, but
fights them all the way; and there is no denying that he is definitely as sexy
as he believes he is - and beyond. Seriously, have you seen him dancing?
Have you seen that smile?
is a whole ball of confusion in the series. He truly does love Stuart, not like
Nathan thinks he loves Stuart, but really loves him. He does wait for him to
finally face the truth, after testing him with the older Cameron.
last - Nathan. While controversy was abound about how young Nathan was for 29
year old Stuart, I think Nathan personified a generation fighting for
acceptance just as he was. Teenagers are confused to begin with. Being gay
and a teenager, knowing that once you come out people will both turn on you and
accept you is undeniably terrifying. But Nathan seemed to have no fear and even
risked his family's relationship. His relationship with Stuart and Vince was
also, at times, a bit awkward.
Eighteen years have gone by. I would love to see where this story would begin now. Where
is Nathan? Whatever became of Stuart and Vince in London? What would the shag
map look like now, Stuart?
*The US version, based in Pittsburgh followed the end of this series and
lasted for five seasons on Showtime. This series tackled serious
LGBT topics such as HIV/ AIDs, gay bashing, adoption, and discrimination.