So I watched a bunch of seasons of Schitt's Creek last year and LOVED it. I thought the romance between David and Patrick was so wholesome and lovely - something we don't really get to see among gay guys on TV. I stopped watching right around when David sings to Tina Turner and dances for Patrick. All cute.
But I decided to rewatch the whole series this past week so that I could finally watch the last few seasons, and it took a weird turn (spoilers obviously).
It starts when a guy comes into the store and gives Patrick his number. David insists that they should go out so that Patrick can experience other people and not get tempted later on... okay, I get the logic. Patrick goes on his date and David ends up getting worried that he didn't lay any ground rules but it turns out Patrick "can't go through with it" and ends the date. Alright, cool.
But then, at Patrick's house-warming party, David kisses Ted during spin the bottle. Patrick and David get into a fight about it because Patrick is jealous that David got to kiss someone else, especially someone handsome like Ted. Okay, weird thing to be jealous about, especially since I thought he'd be jealous that he didn't have David all to himself, but okay.
AND THEN they run into David's ex, who invites them over... and they go over expecting... a threesome? What happened to them being exclusive with one another? (They don't go through with it because it ends up being more of an orgy situation and apparently that's too far).
I was weirded out but still kind of onboard until the finale. In the last episode, on their wedding day, David gets a handjob from his masseuse and he assumes Patrick arranged it for him. Wait... what? It's clear Patrick didn't intend for that to happen, but they're all okay with it and just laugh it off? And David makes a joke about it during the wedding ceremony? Gross. Like... so gross that it tainted the whole series for me. Ew David. I thought this was a magical romcom-type show where a guy finds his soul mate, but then it adds all this extra-marital sex stuff in it and I have a hard time laughing it off.
What's worse is that the reddit sub says anyone who thinks it's weird is a "cis heteronormative prude" and that having an open relationship (with "sex workers", no less) is part of "the queer community". Excuse me, what? Throughout the 90s, the LGB community was trying to get away from the idea that they were all sex-crazed people, insisting that they'd treat marriage with respect, etc. And now, all these redditors are saying that getting hand-jobs from sex workers on their wedding day is part of their lifestyle?? It's bizarre and gross. Meanwhile, all the comments calling it out were downvoted to oblivion.
Okay, that's my rant. I was just so disturbed by that finale, I had to share. I also had issues with Alexis' story/conclusion but we'll leave it there for now.
edit: added quotations to "sex worker" and "queer community" because those are reddit's terms, not mine.