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The Wire Paper

“The Wire” was a television program that aired on HBO from 2002 – 2008. It has received 2 Emmy nominations and is a critically acclaimed program that had received very positive reviews when it was still on the air. The characters on the program, both criminal and judicial, are all well-developed, rounded characters that help to display a realistic view of life in Baltimore, Maryland. One of the criminals on the program is a man named Omar Little. Barack Obama stated that Omar Little was his favorite character on the program: “He is not my favorite person, but he’s a fascinating character– a gay gangster who only robs drug dealers and then gives back. But he’s the toughest, baddest guy on the show, and he’s gay. He’s a fascinating character” (Goldman, 2009, p. 1). After watching several episodes of The Wire, it is easy to see why people like this character, even though he is a known criminal who has committed robbery and murder several times. Omar Little is a homsexual, black male, who is seen spending time with boyfriends, yet, he goes against the gay stereotype of being sensitive, and kind, and is one of the most dangerous criminals in Baltimore. He isn’t afraid to pull the trigger of his gun, and he participates in robberies of dangerous drug lords as well as getting involved in inter-gang rivalries. He displays a passion for poetry, and for Greek mythology (shown in Season 2). For a character like Omar Little to be understood, it is important to realize that he is not a good person, he is not a role model. His criminal behavior is daunting and appalling and should not be praised. However, it is the way he commits his crimes, his strict moral code, his way of speaking, and his incredible display of intelligence that leads the audience to ask the question: “Why is Omar Little a criminal?”.

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