Coming out on "Grey's Anatomy": Industry scandal, constructing a lesbian story line, and fan action
Keywords:Authenticity, Discourse analysis, Emotional realism, Fan studies, Identification, Knight/Washington scandal, LGBT studies, Online ethnography, Production
This analysis focuses on a series of industry scandals that created a need for and the development of a lesbian story line on Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005–), resulting in the creation of a lesbian-focused fan group dedicated to the lesbian pairing, Erica_Callie on LiveJournal. The resulting constructed representation portrays authentic lesbian and bisexual characters on mainstream broadcast television, promising inclusion to those who identify with these characters.
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