“This is the demographic that people need to see the most,” she told the New York Post.“Fifteen years from now, some trans girl is going to have it so much easier than I did because I helped out.” (Smith has since said that she “barely made it through” the season and she wouldn’t be returning.) Things didn’t go D.While the story line brought up controversial tropes like the widely debunked “down low” phenomenon — which posits that some black men who are trapped in the closet date both men and women, therefore spreading HIV/AIDS — it also left a lasting impression: There are still black men out there like Miles who struggle with their sexuality, particularly in hip-hop.The attention Miles and Milan’s relationship gained in the press eventually led to the VH1 special Out in Hip Hop, a forum in which cast members, religious leaders, artists, and journalists (including myself) had a dialogue about homophobia in the industry.Over the years, much of the conversation surrounding Love & Hip Hop has been relegated to whether or not the shows reinforce racial stereotypes.Mona Scott-Young, an executive producer of the franchise, defended the show from this line of criticism, noting: “The show was not created to represent all African-Americans.A 2012 Gallup poll found that people of color self-identify as LGBTQ at a higher rate than white people, with black people self-identifying as LGBTQ more than anyone else.For all of the white faces typically associated with the LGBTQ community, D.
For every supposedly fake bisexual woman, there are plenty of real members of the black LGBTQ community who have had their experiences chronicled on the Love & Hip Hop franchise.
LGBTQ people of color are depicted as messy and complicated, progressive and ignorant — just like straight people.
And in some ways, the faces of Love & Hip Hop are more representative of the LGBTQ community at large than what we typically see.
Some narratives might feel uninspired — the questioning of Nikki’s bisexuality, the secrecy around Miles’s sexuality — but to Scott-Young’s point, these things do still happen.
And what makes Love & Hip Hop’s dialogues so effective are that they work within the framework that made the franchise so popular to begin with: chaos.