Media’s Prejudice Towards Bisexuality

A week after the International Bi Visibility Day, the organizer of the event in Israel, Kutaly Landsman, wrote an op-ed in the Israeli LGBT website GoGay, expressing his opinion about the Israeli media with regard to bisexuality.

Unfortunately, in 2013, the Israeli media is still behaving stereotypically towards bisexuality, according to Kutaly. That was the conclusion he came to after he was interviewed on Israeli radio on Bi Visibility Day. According to Kutaly, none of the main radio talk shows has agreed to talk to him on air, and the interview with him was eventually put off to a night talk show that referred to bisexuality as a “perversion”.

“The interview was turned into no more than harassment on air,” Kutaly writes. “The radio host started to ask about the practices that we use in bed. He ignored our reasonable answer and kept asking us about the day when bisexuality would disappear, as if it’s a temporary phenomenon that we expect to go away.”

Nevertheless, Kutaly doesn’t point his finger at the radio host. “He was ignorant and had a lack of knowledge on the subject, like most of the public,” he said. “That can change only if there is true visibility and exposure of bisexuals.”

As he said in the interview before Bi Visibility Day, Kutaly still sees the bisexual community in Israel as full of fear, which causes bisexuals not to come out and present themselves. The bisexual groups on the internet are closed to members only, and celebrities are rushing to deny any rumors of their being bisexuals. “The bisexual community is supposed to be large and lively, according to the numbers and statistics,” Kutaly says.

Bisexual celebrities remaining in the closet is not restricted only to Israel. Amazingly, the situation is no different  in Hollywood. Earlier this week, actress Michelle Rodriguez came out as bisexual, but it seems that more actors and entertainers are coming out as gays and lesbians, rather than as bisexuals. This is true especially after the latest Hollywood statistics that say that the industry is still ‘homophobic’ as far as roles for gay and lesbian actors go. Bisexuals would still rather be seen as straights. They don’t want to “confuse” the audience by going “both ways.”