"It is not about him being gay." Actor Michael K. Williams talks to After Elton about his role as Omar Little—the homothug and stick-up artist on the critically-acclaimed HBO series The Wire. "He makes no excuses for it,” Williams says. “It is what it is, and he is fine with his bottom line."
Williams' performance as Omar is one of the best portrayals of a black gay man ever seen on television. One moment he is ruthless and cutthroat; the next, he is sweet and tender with one of his boyfriends.
Omar is not the only gay character on The Wire—Sonja Sohn plays a lesbian detective and Seth Gilliam's ("PUNKS") character constantly engages in homoerotic banter. Williams opens up to After Elton about the backlash he received for a passionate on-screen kiss in season two. He says that it's indicative of a larger diversity issue within the black community: "We are still calling an educated brother with proper diction an Oreo cookie. What I am saying is, it is a lot deeper than the gay issue.”
The Wire's Michael K. Williams on Playing Gay (After Elton)
Previously:Hamilton Cobb: No Big Deal Playing Gay (Rod 2.0) Jody Watley on Black Homophobia (Rod 2.0) Raz: "I'm Exploring Myself" (Rod 2.0) Busta's Homophobic VIBE (Rod 2.0) Taking the Homophobia Out of Hip-Hop (After Elton) Primetime Reports the Black HIV Epidemic (After Elton) "Why Would Any Straight Man?" (Rod 2.0) Taye Would Play Gay (Rod 2.0) Raz B Will Play Gay (Rod 2.0) John Legend and Cornel West (Rod 2.0) Ray J's One Wish (Rod 2.0) Taye Would Play Gay (Rod 2.0) A Conversation with Darryl Stephens (Rod 2.0) Rockmond Dunbar Joins "Noah" (Rod 2.0) Keith Hamilton Cobb Joins "Noah" (Rod 2.0)