The Wheelers Politics and It’s Potential Ramifications
So I was doing the whole rewatch today and this really jumped out at me.
Now we all know that the Wheelers support Reagan for the election. He was a Republican, and though not as batshit crazy as conservatives seem to be now, he wasn’t exactly a progressive. The fact him and his administration did nothing for the AIDS crisis for eons speaks volumes.
So the Wheelers are Republicans, or at least support Reagan for reelection. Not a big shocker there. But surely that doesn’t mean that they would be conservative in every matter, does it?
Then I saw this.
Mrs.. Wheeler is talking on the phone to someone and says “I know Kath, maybe if it was Margaret Thatcher that would be another story.”
OK so I am DYING to know the context of this conversation. Why? Because if you don’t know who Margaret Thatcher was, whooboy. She was the Prime Minister in England in the 1980′s, was super conservative, and her stance on the LGBT community was pretty damn bad, putting it lightly. Google it for a more in depth look at how horrible she was.
Sadly, as Prime Minister, she would squander much of that credit lending her support to one of the nastiest anti-gay measures of modern times: the infamous Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, which forbade schools from teaching “the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”. This was despite the open secret (among Westminster insiders, at least) that several prominent members of her government were themselves gay, albeit in reinforced-steel closets. It remains one of the darkest spots on her legacy
–The Daily Beast
The way Mrs. Wheeler says this, with that knowing smirk, combined with the Wheeler’s apparent conservatism, makes me sit up a bit straighter. If Will is gay, how would they react? Badly? What if Mike wasn’t straight either? How could this family environment have shaped himself? It seems like such a throw away line but woooo it is telling. Is this possible foreshadowing of some sort? I do find it very interesting.
Karen Wheeler I am side eyeing your ass so hard rn