Andrew Haigh Spills Truth Tea On The Gay Men Who Got "Looking" Canceled

And why you should probably watch a show before hating it.

Looking creator Andrew Haigh dropped several truth bombs during an interview with Attitude recently, talking about HBO's decision to cancel the show and the gay men who slammed it for being occasionally racy.

Attitude writer Ben Kelly called the reaction to Looking "typical" of gay shows. He and Haigh argue that gay audiences complain about being underrepresented on television and then complain about their representation on television because the characters representing them are less than perfect (read: human).

Related: Looking’s Jonathan Groff: “People Say I’m Brave For Getting F–ked Against A Tree”

"A lot of people seemed to talk about it without actually watching it," said Haigh. "So many people said ‘I didn’t watch your show, I didn’t like it’, but they’d admit they barely watched the pilot. So you’re making a judgment on two seasons of a show after watching just five minutes, and turning it off because somebody was being jerked off in a wood and you didn’t like what that said about gay people."

And he's right — a number of those who initially complained about Looking before its premiere, and even more who drank the haterade after its premiere, swore they'd never watch the show simply because its main character was cruising in the series' opening sequence.

[image src="wp-attachment://220698" title="HBO's "Looking" Season 2 Premiere" alt="SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 06: Andrew Haigh (L) and Jonathan Groff pose at HBO's "Looking" season 2 premiere at the Castro Theater on January 6, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)"]

(Haigh and Looking star Jonathan Groff at the Looking season two premiere in San Francisco)

"I do think it is rooted in a fear where we want representation in the world, but only of the best of us," Haigh continued. "Now, it is of my feeling that if we want true acceptance, then we should be accepted fully, as shitty people, who have emotional baggage and who do find it hard to be gay. I have no problem with those characters being on screen."

Haigh said it was this type of armchair activism that led to the show's low viewing figures and cancellation in the middle of its second season.

"For years, I wanted to see myself represented on screen. But it is frustrating when you create characters, whose stories you are trying to tell, and you come up against all of this anger and hatred," he said. "I had so many people saying, ‘I hate that Patrick character, he is awful, he is just not me!’ And I’d look at them and think, ‘You do know, you are actually Patrick?!’"

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As for the rumored Looking follow-up film, scheduled to air on TV sometime next year, Haigh warns not to expect anything too different from the show.

Said Haigh: “I can tell you nothing! Look, it’s not going to be massively different from what you’ve seen before, there’s not going to be aliens or anything over dramatic but I think it’s a nice way for us to bring the stories to a kind of semi-conclusion and wrap some things up – to have a final chapter to it."

We can't wait!

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