Every year, GLAAD compiles a report that searches studio films for depictions of LGBT characters and then determines whether or not those depictions are positive. While only one studio actually received a "good" rating from the organization (Sony Pictures, the first to ever do so), most of the films and studios covered were found to be either adequate or failing. However, a few movies were directly called out, and one of them was David Twohy's Riddick.
GLAAD found that Riddick committed the cardinal sin of featuring a lesbian character but then perpetuating negative stereotypes related to sexuality. If you haven't seen the film, Katee Sackhoff (the gloriousness that is Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica) plays a lesbian named Dahl who spends almost all of the film being harassed and assaulted and physically attacked because of her sexual orientation. And then, at the conclusion of the film, Vin Diesel's Riddick manages to "convert" her with the promise of some serious deep-d*$#king.
When I saw Riddick in theaters, I too was caught off guard by this decidedly misogynistic and highly ridiculous plot line. How could Katee Sackhoff, who previously played one of the strongest and most badass women in sci-fi history, allow herself to be portrayed in such a manner? Further more, was Vin Diesel really starring in such a homophobic film? I mean... really? Vin Diesel? Really?
According to the people at GLAAD, having a negative portrayal of an LGBT character, like the one in Riddick, is worse than having no gay people at all... Do you agree?