In addition to embracing its suped-up gay subtext – a first for a series primarily aimed at teenagers – Teen Wolf is also changing the way gays are featured on television. Not simply by including an out gay teen in the form of Beacon Hills High Lacrosse goalie Danny Mahealani (Keahu Kahuanui), but by evolving the way every other character reacts to him.
In this series, homosexuality isn’t simply tolerated, it’s absolutely normal. This approach is a monumental shift for television and is highlighted by Danny’s relationship with Jackson Whittemore (Colton Haynes), the star athlete of Beacon Hills High and the shape-shifting reptilian creature known as the Kanima.
“When I was in school, the asshole jocks would make fun of the gay kids, but Jackson’s character is best friends with Danny and I love that,” says Haynes. “There’s a clear message in Teen Wolf that says it’s okay to be who you are – that it’s okay to embrace who you are.”
Yes, agreed! Like when Scott injures Danny on the field, and Stiles is yelling at him about it - “Everyone likes Danny! Now everyone’s going to hate you”. He’s not just popular, he’s genuinely likable.
Also, the way guys react to other guys being attracted to (or not being attracted to) them is great. Stiles is genuinely concerned that he might not be attractive to Danny. Scott is really smug when a guy buys him a drink at a gay club.
It makes me really happy.