Supernatural nominated for queer media award
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CW series Supernatural has been nominated for an award by GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Annual Media Awards for "The Real Ghostbusters" in the category "Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBT character."
In the series, it has been revealed that a series of Supernatural books exist, written by a prophet called Chuck, which depict the lives of Sam and Dean Winchester. This plot line has allowed for much breaking of the fourth wall and commentary on writing and the nature of fandom as Chuck stands in for series creator Eric Kripke ("I'm a god, a cruel capricious god"), Sam and Dean discover slash fanfiction written about them ("They do know we are brothers, right?") and Supernatural fangirls are depicted by the enthusiastic super fan Becky.
"The Real Ghostbusters" was written by Eric Kripke and Nancy Weiner, and sees Sam and Dean attending a Supernatural convention. When a real ghost starts attacking the guests during a live-action role playing game. the brothers are helped by fan boys Demian and Barnes. The episode sets up the usual stereotype of sci-fi fans as foolish, socially awkward and sexually naïve, and then proceeds to demolish them as Demian and Barnes turn out to be courageous in the face of danger, as well as offering Dean some important emotional insights. The final twist comes at the end when they reveal matter-of-factly that they are lovers.
Other shows nominated in the category are Parks and Recreation, The Listener and Private Practice.
In 2009, Supernatural was nominated in the same category for the episode "Ghostfacers"; it lost out to an episode of The New Adventures of Old Christine.
The GLAAD Awards will be handed out at three ceremonies, beginning March 13 in New York.