Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay: queer reality redefined
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We've come a long way since I expressed the hope that any straight man cast for Boy Meets Boy get drunk and wake up with an unfamiliar sensation in his bottom.
Despite the name of this site I'm often behind times if not ignorant of the goings on in
popular mass culture. I've just heard about Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay wherein two heterosexual males immerse themselves in "the gay lifestyle" - whose: yours, mine, black queer man in the ghetto? Reality TV does its damnedest to redefine reality as implausible or at least sexy and glamorous. The two fauxmosexuals will get an apartment in West Hollywood complete with authentic homos for roomies.
In the news release, Fox described the notion of a straight man "turning gay overnight" as "a heterosexual male's worst nightmare."
Really it is a gay man's nightmare: "they'll even go on a romantic blind date with another man." There isn't a gay man who hasn't had a disappointing date but having a major entertainment conglomerate conspire to create them is pretty disgusting.
After the two guys are done trying to "pass for gay," they will be put to a "jury of their queers," Fox said. Really, they said that.
The winner gets fifty-grand.
Lisa de Moraes, Fox Puts Foot in Its Mouth, Kicks Self
I'm just getting caught up on pseudoreality. I hadn't heard of Playing it Straight
One beautiful single woman. 14 sexy bachelors. A million-dollar prize. Think you know where this is going? Think again … things won't be exactly as they appear when FOX puts their young lady and the viewing audience to the test to determine which guys are straight and which guys might be just Playing It Straight
I hadn't even heard of Straight Plan for the Gay Man:
Enter Straight Plan for the Gay Man (Mondays at 10 pm), Comedy Central's flaccid send-up of the already-parodied-within-an-inch-of-its-life "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." Forget that "Queer Eye" references jumped the shark around the time that Troy of "The Apprentice" took his belt off before meeting the Fab Five so that they could reprimand him on his lack of fashion sense. Forget that macho, straight-guy humor typically has all of the sophistication and appeal of liver pudding. Forget that this is a concept worthy of a two-minute SNL skit, at best. Straight Plan for the Gay Man is here, it's not queer, and it's about as fabulous as 10-gallon drum of pig lard.
The only consolation is that we've passed parody and the possible concepts are pretty much exhausted.
After this I'm perfectly happy to accept Queer as folk as a honest and true depiction of the lives of gay men in America.
No wonder I don't regret having cable TV disconnected and have never bothered to setup an antennae.