From the July 12, 2010 issue of New York:
THE BLOODLINES OF 'TRUE BLOOD,' EXPLAINED!
Now in its third season, True Blood has expanded its universe to encompass an unruly (and sexy) network of vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and, of course, mere mortals. Unless you've read the novels by Charlaine Harris on which the series is based, it's pretty much impossible to figure out who's connected to whom -- by sex, by friendship, or by (literal) blood. So Emma Rosenblum has mapped it all out for you.
In particular, we questioned the description given for Lafayette...
Lafayette is a cross-dressing cook at Merlotte's and also the mortal drug dealer for Eric and Sophie-Anne. Often has sex with his clients.
Also, his entire personal description is based, not really on who is he, but on the work he does for others. He's a cook for Sam, a drug dealer for Eric... but it's not only misleading but also missing more relevant info. For example, he's not "a dealer for Eric and Sophie-Anne". He's being forced by Eric et. al. to sell vampire blood. Also, sticking with Rosenblum's "connected by blood" theme, he's Tara's cousin and is taking care of her this season after the death of her boyfriend Eggs.
In about as many characters as a Twitter update, Lafayette is portayed as a controversial, flawed figure as a cross-dresser, a servant, a drug dealer, and a prostitute. And well, okay, yes, he is flawed and he is "controversial", but it's just such a complex character that he's probably one of the least morally corrupt characters on the show. He's more than just the black, gay, drug-dealing prostitute. It's hard to truly show how complex someone is in that short of a description, but well, they did a better job on some of the other characters than they did on him.
Although that's not to say that we don't have other complaints about the guide...
For one, the characters are divided into four categories: mortals, vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves. Sookie Stackhouse is listed as a mortal. Um, if there's anything we learned from last season is that Sookie isn't necessarily 100% human. (Those who haven't read the books, don't know exactly what she is yet.)
Queen Sophie-Anne's description ends with "And swings both ways." Andy Bellefleur's includes "is unlucky in love". Werewolves' turn-ons include "plaid shirts, dive bars". Pam, Terry and Arlene are completely excluded (despite the fact that Terry, is in fact, related to Andy "by blood", Arlene is carrying a baby that he thinks is his, and Pam is just well... awesome).
Overall, it was just a waste of a read. The magazine probably decided to include something True Blood-related because they know how popular the show is right now. But if they're not going to do it justice, then why bother? Instead of giving us some stupid "who's sleeping with who?" bullshit filler article.
If they're going to try to milk the True Blood cash cow, I'd much rather read something like this. From the original Queerty article:
Ellis says he's got no problems when fans and regular television audiences confuse Ellis (the person) with Lafayette (the fictional character). "I can’t just get upset with regular folk because all they see is the character," he tells Vibe. His excuses end, however, with the Hollywood machine: "But when the industry can’t tell the difference, I’m like, 'Damn that’s a little closed minded,' because when white people play a character people expect it to be a character. But black people—we can’t just be character actors, we have to [really] be the things we’re hired for, which is what offends me. I don’t answer that question, 'Are you gay or not,' when it comes down to industry people. But if it’s a regular person asking me, that just says that maybe I’m doing a good job. But when a casting director or an agent asks me that question it takes on a deeper thing that says, 'I can’t believe you’re doing this unless you are that.'"And while we're on the subject, some of our favorite Lafayette scenes:
Read more: Queerty.com