"I was inundated with mostly guys saying, ‘I love the show, but can you cut it out with the gay shit?’" DeKnight said. “And my reply was always ‘No. If you don’t like it, stop watching the show.’" DeKnight talked at length about how he and executive producer Rob Tapert felt strongly about depicting gay characters who were no different from any other characters. “The same-sex characters on our show were just as much manly men as anyone else," DeKnight said. “The only difference is they love someone who’s not the opposite sex."
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