Friday, April 8, 2016

Why David Rose of 'Schitt's Creek' is Easily One of The Best Characters on Television

Schitt's Creek, the Canadian sitcom which recently wrapped its second season on CBC, has become quite the strong comedy. And if you've watched only one episode, you'll know that most of that strength comes from the beautiful David Rose, portrayed by Daniel Levy.

For those who are unfamiliar with Schitt's Creek (now I'm giving you a reason not to be, just by the way, go watch it; like, right now), the comedy follows the eccentric Rose family after they've been robbed of all their material possessions. The only thing left to their name happens to be a small town called Schitt's Creek, which patriarch Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy), a business mogul, once bought as a joke. The rest of the Rose family consists of his wife Moira (Catherine O'Hara), a former soap opera star, and their grown, pampered children, David and Alexis (Annie Murphy). The main thing that makes Schitt's Creek so funny is not only the solid writing and performances but the fact that the comedic situations simply arise by the character's personalities. The comedic value comes only from that; the situations are not thrust upon them for that effect, the comedy comes simply from their environment. 

But, honestly, the main reason I love the series so much is David. He is a high-maintenance, slightly incompetent rich boy (well, former rich boy) who still struggles to comprehend life outside of the high life of New York City, but you love him for it anyway. Not only that, David is one of the only bisexual characters I've seen portrayed in such an oblivious, realistic way. When the series first started, I thought to myself that David must be gay, just based on his mannerisms, impeccably unique style and just his sass (all of which made me fall in love with him instantly), but halfway through the first season, we find out that David has had boyfriends and girlfriends, and no one seems to have a problem with that. And they shouldn't, right? It's 2016, after all, but the fact that I not only thought that David was simply gay but that I didn't even consider for a second that he might be bi shows how much television is lacking in realistic bisexual characters. David has great chemistry with sarcastic, done-with-your-shit motel manager Stevie (Emily Hampshire), and I would totally be okay with them becoming more than friends somewhere down the line, if that's the way they chose to write it (they almost went there in season 1, and it was pretty amazing). Also, I also kind of enjoy that they didn't still don't really address David's sexuality blatantly. It's his business, and we're all sick to death of painful coming-out stories, no matter how powerful. To hell with heteronormativity. On to bigger and stronger things.

Bisexuals are easily the most misunderstood of the LGBT, and I applaud Levy for portraying (and writing) David in a way that not only makes us love him for his sass, but also for making him bisexual. Because, honestly, David can date a guy or a girl and we'd all be okay with it because, if you watch Schitt's Creek, you know he's at least 75-80% of the reason you watch each week. C'mon. Don't lie.

Now I really don't want to have to wait for 2017 for season 3... Sigh.

We've all been there, David. We've all been there.

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