For the most part, Gentle Reader, I'm enjoying Rome on the Beeb. It strikes me like a modern-day I Clavdivs including a lot of the humour1 and, of course, the sex ... though that isn't why I'm watching it2.

Last night though was a real disappointment as they dealt with Julius Ceasar's bisexuality in a way that could have been cut from a Carry-On movie. Just awful! Now I know this is one of my hobby-horses but it really is infuriating when they take 'heroic', masculine figures from history and remove any hint that such men could possibly have been gay (whether by dint of lovers becoming cousins or sex becoming an epilepsy gag) leaving us with effeminate or untrustworthy (or both) role models. HBO has a lot to make up for ... this really is homophobia, fear of portraying gay men in a positive light.


1 "bring him back safely or I'll use your children's eyes as beads" is a personal favourite.
2 No, really ... I doubt very much that we'll be seeing Ciaran Hinds in the buff any time soon so there's really very little in the way of eye-candy, though Ray Stevenson really is quite cute, isn't he?

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