Here’s Why Nick Jonas’ First “Gay Sex Scene” Wasn’t Intercourse, It Was Rape

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Since Nick Jonas left the Jonas Brothers and went solo, he’s amassed a large LGBTQ fan base, which he proudly acknowledges and appreciates. Time and time again, he’s mentioned how he’s, in his own words, “open and comfortable about loving my fan base, gay or straight, because to me there is no difference, it is my fan base. Your sexual preference does not matter to me and it shouldn’t matter to anybody.”

“I thought [the criticism] was kind of dumb,” he once added. “Considering I play this gay character on a gritty show [Kingdom]. There’s a gay sex scene. I kissed a man.”

Since that particular interview, fans have been patiently awaiting said “gay sex scene.” What they got, though, was not what they were prepared for by any means. Rather than have Nick’s character, Nate, experience his first bit of guy-on-guy action in a consensual setting, the show delivered a clear assault on the struggling man. He was drugged, and then forced into a threesome with a man and a woman — that’s not sexual intercourse, that’s rape.

One outraged viewer said, “Can we talk about the bulls*** that this show is? Nick’s character has been known to the audience to be gay for three years now, and this is what they’re doing to his character? His first on-screen action with a guy was an assault and it still involved him mostly with the girl?”

While this is certainly something that many, unfortunately, experience in real life, the timing of it disturbed viewers, what with the recent conclusion of the Stanford rape case in which Brock Turner was sentenced to a mere 6 months in jail (+ probation, but that’s nothing) after raping a woman who was drunk and unconscious.

Nick Jonas isn’t the first boy bander to say he’s open-minded about his sexuality: