Is being "Black-ish" also being homophobic-ish

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Is being "Black-ish" also being homophobic-ish

The second episode of ABC's promising new comedy "Black-ish" left its LGBTQ viewership "black and blue."

“It looks a little gay,” Pop (the grandfather played by Laurence Fishburne) casually told his son Dre—short for Andre—while he was stretching to prepare for his talk with his son about the "birds and the bees."

"It looks a little gay. The act of stretching. Really? I guess a man doing yoga would be the sign he’d become the long-lost cousin of Liberace,” Tim Teeman of  "The Daily Beast" wrote in "Why ‘Black-ish’ Has a Gay Problem."

“Black-ish” is a sitcom about an African American upper-class Los Angeles family that orbits in a predominately white milieu.  The patriarch (played by actor and comedian Anthony Anderson) worries that his brood is losing sight of their rich black cultural heritage.

In the first episode we saw the warring tension between individuality and cultural identity when Dre's eldest son Andre Jr. (played by Marcus Scribner) insists on going by "Andy" at school in an effort to fit in with his peers. He also announces to the family that for his upcoming thirteenth birthday he wants to  convert to Judaism—in order to have a Bar Mitzvah like his friends.

While the first episode gently poked fun at implicit acts of racism and unconscious acts of assimilation it didn't leave any demographic group of its viewership bruised.

But the second episode, titled "The Talk,"was not only a disappointing discussion between father and son about sexual desire and reproduction, but also about manhood. "Just a comfortable man with no shirt on talking to his son about nasty stuff!," Dre told his son, beginning a silly ritual of taking off their shirts before talking about sex.

While uptightness and awkwardness are standard shtick when it comes to sex talk, implicit and explicit homophobia is not. In Dre's insistence that he and his son do "manly" things like lifting weights and shooting hoops, Pop's statement as Dre's stretches —“It looks a little gay,”—is a reprimand to his son. Pop is stating that not only is the act unmanly, but it also suggests a physical weakness or lameness in having to do so. 

"I had thought, stupidly, television was done with this lazy, insulting phrase—of something being ‘gay,’ of an action being seen as ‘gay,’ of