Andrew Scott’s character fits into a lineage of Hot But Horrible men in fiction, which rather than for lusting after exist to warn us away from them in real life
So, now that Fleabag has officially finished, where does the Hot Priest fit into the pantheon of ‘hot but mean men’ in pop culture?
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From Heathcliff (obsessive stalker, possible murderer) to Rhett Butler (rapist, member of the Ku Klux Klan), there is truly no shortage of male characters in popular culture who are held up as masculine ideals but, in reality, deserve a restraining order – and Hot Priest certainly falls in to that pantheon. So, honestly, I’m a bit bewildered by the passion some female viewers have felt for Hot Priest. Emily Brontë definitely meant readers to like Heathcliff, as the Brontë sisters had a decidedly – shall we say – infantile concept of ideal masculinity, possibly due to drinking too much dodgy water in Yorkshire. And as for Margaret Mitchell, well, it is probably best not to look into her racial politics if you still get off on Clark Gable grinning up at Vivien Leigh.