2020 DOI: 10.33767/osf.io/8hgfa View full text Preprint
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Michael Johnson

Abstract: This research critically examines the life of Mac Reynolds on the popular cult comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Here I argue that Mac’s character represents a careful strategy of “queer incrementalism” in which ostensibly gay characters are introduced following a predictable path of marginality, whereby their sexual identities are slowly uncovered over the course of time in keeping with the prevailing social discourses of palatability. Simultaneously, Sunny uses satire because of its heavy reliance on…

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