As a bear, seeing pure bear representation on mainstream television is slim to nonexistent. The reasons behind this exclusionary travesty are plentiful. For starters, people in Hollywood don't know what a ‘bear community' is. Yes, they know the look and maybe a basic amount of our terms, but they don't know our strife, or humor, or our creativity. Secondly, Hollywood tends to follow a sort of basic gay aesthetic with many gay series on TV like Noah's Ark, Queer As Folk, Will & Grace, etc... Don't get me wrong. I adore all the series listed. They paved the way for the explosion of gay content today, but they represented the generic portion of the community, showing the aesthetic of twinks, toned men, and maybe a muscle stud or two. They didn't describe, or rather celebrate, me or many chubby, hairy, bearded bears watching. Which brings me to my last reason: Marketability. Even though it is 2020, the year of our bear lord, the culture and Hollywood still don't see big gay men as sex symbols, at least not well enough for them to carry their own series or narrative. They are so set in their ways of thinking that it is hard for them to take a chance on a gay bear project. However, if Hollywood wouldn’t give us an opportunity, the Internet would with web series, which was where I caught my first glimpse of a TV series catering to the gay bear subculture.
Bulk: The Series was my first bear episodic series ever, and it made an influential impact on my life. Finally, a series where I could see myself represented in the characters, seeing bears of different shapes and their different struggles like dealing with ex boyfriends, trying to start anew, dealing with a crazy roommate and even touching on weight. It was refreshing
The story of Bulk is about bears dealing with life's inescapable drama and issues like relationships, betrayal, friends, love and fitting in. I was blown away by the gripping story plots, the hot bear actors, and the relatability of the whole show to real
life. Many people, not just bears, can relate to the story of trying to get over the memory of your ex. The high quality scenes and production quality are superb for a self produced series. Bulk shows us how to do it right.
I originally found Bulk: The Series on YouTube around 2013. I was scrolling through videos trying to pass the time and, because of my search history (mostly looking up bears), YouTube recommended Bulk to me. I watched the video not knowing anything and expecting nothing of substance. However, I started enjoying the content and before you know it I was hooked. I watched every episode in a day and enjoyed every second. After obsessing and researching the internet for more info on the series, I was disheartened to discover that the series was short-lived. The creator J. Julian Christopher could not get funding for a new season and decided to end it as it was. Maybe someday Christopher could pick back up where the series left off, but until then I will continue to rewatch the series whenever I get nostalgic or want to see someone like me on my TV screen.
Bulk The Series is a must see for those bears who yearn for representation on their screens
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