ByHeather Snowden, writer at Creators.co
Lover of bad puns, nostalgic feels and all things Winona. Email: [email protected] Tweet: @heathbetweetin
Heather Snowden

When it comes to controversial content, American Gods promises to step up to the plate, steal the biscuit and run away cackling into our dreams. For example, the first episode, which premiered last Sunday via Starz, featured a goddess swallowing a man whole via her vagina, a widow trying to give the protagonist a blow job in a graveyard and news of a woman dying with a dick in her mouth.

And if you thought the raunchy behavior would end there, you're sorely mistaken. We already know of one other American Gods sex scene that will definitely appear in the show. It's one that includes two muslim men. And it's passionate AF.

The scene in question occurs around a third of the way into Neil Gaiman's novel, which, seeing as Season 1 will focus on the first third of the book, indicates the sex scene will take place somewhere in the final episodes. And, to summarize, it goes a little something like this:

A young muslim man called Salim has just arrived in NYC to peddle trinkets on behalf of his shitty brother-in-law. After a wasted day, he grabs a cab back to his hotel room and the Middle Eastern driver reveals himself as the Jinn, an ifrit — a man born of fire, whose eyes blaze when his sunglasses are removed. Longish story short, they both wind up in Salim's hotel room — who has just realized his repressed homosexual desires — and they have sex numerous times. It's a brief encounter, but extremely intimate and powerful.

Given that attitudes toward homosexuality and the LGBT community are hardly liberal in the Middle East, the content has the potential to be quite controversial to some viewers. It's a moment that Mousa Kraish, who stars as Jinn, has just described to Out Magazine as somewhat of a breakthrough moment for non-heterosexual Middle Eastern representation:

“The Jinn comes into Salim’s life to say, ‘It’s OK to be who you are.' Now more than ever that story is incredibly powerful. The sex scene is so intense and intimate. I don’t think anything like it has ever occurred on TV.”

The scene was also a breakthrough moment for Kraish personally, as before this American Gods gay sex scene he had never so much as kissed another actor on screen before. And while he was all in for going all out wang-wise, he revealed that he was able to get "penis approval," to ensure that he was fully comfortable with how he looks on screen.

And if you thought they'd tone down the erotic vibe, you'd be wrong. In fact, Gaiman himself has likened it to "the best gay porn [he's] ever watched," while chatting to Vice:

“But then I’m watching it, and I appear to be watching the best gay porn I’ve ever watched. My sampling of gay porn is basically just this, but I’m watching it and I can’t believe they’re doing it. You feel like boundaries are being pushed, and that makes me very proud.”

It's a scene showrunner Bryan Fuller is particularly excited about, too, stating during a panel that:

“I’m excited for people to see the Salim (Omid Abtahi)-Jinn (Mousa Krash) story. And the beauty of that sex scene, which was not a small feat for two gay Muslim characters to have a beautiful, sophistical, sexual experience and what it was like for us to visually give you an idea of what it’s like to take a god inside you. I felt like it was a wonderful metaphor for a religious experience.”

And we're fully expecting to be taken in by these gods too, come the show's premiere on Starz at 9/8c. on Sunday, April 30th.

Which American Gods scene are you looking forward to seeing the most?

(Source: Out)

Trending

Latest from our Creators