TLC TV Gay Mormon Men
Evidently, gay Mormon men don’t consider themselves gay because they’re married to women…or have girlfriends. There’s a new TLC TV show airing on the topic. Once again, reality TV; it is what it is.
I’m not going to try to figure this one out. Here’s an excerpt:
It quickly becomes a showcase of Colby’s friends performing a variety of acts. Also in their underwear, obviously.
There’s a video you can check out here. As I said, I love the undies…and they are cheap. You’ll love the video…make you happy 🙂
Jesse Tyler Ferguson On Gayface
I don’t even know how many times I’ve posted about sitcom Modern Family, how I don’t watch it, and why I don’t watch it for specific reasons. I’m not going to link to that, but if you do a search on the blog you’ll find a few posts. One of the actors who plays a gay character, and who is gay in real life, reacted to a comment another actor recently made on Facebook:
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson responding to out actor Tuc Watkins‘ Facebook post in which he said “I have a hard time laughing at the gay guys. In fact, I kinda cringe. It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of ‘blackface.’”
I don’t even know who Tuc Watkins is. Ferguson responded this way to the facebook post:
Sorry you feel that way Tuc. I know lots of guys who are just like Cam and lots of guys who are just like Mitch. We can’t be expected to represent every gay person. We can only represent these two people. Also, Mitch is basically a version of me…so I never know how to take it when people say that he is stereotypical. And in defense of Cam, I still can’t figure out how a clown & football coach who also happens to be gay is a stereotype. When all is said and done, it’s a family sitcom. I feel our writers do a fantastic job of servicing 11 characters each week in just 22 minutes. I am incredibly proud to play Mitch and I have a lot of pride in our show. As a closeted kid of the ’80s I would have loved to have had a show like Modern Family to watch with my parents. It would have meant a lot to me to see who I secretly was reflected on television. TV has come a long way and it continues to forge new ground. I am thrilled with the work that you did on Desperate Housewives. It opened the door for shows like ours and hopefully we can hold that door open for many more shows to follow us. At the end of the day we can’t please everyone..and we shouldn’t try to. Kinda just like life, right? Take care. Jesse Tyler Ferguson.”
There are a few things I can’t dispute. Ferguson is right. He can’t represent every gay man on the planet, and I want to make it clear I actually do support the show…as a comedy/parody of sorts. I don’t watch it, but I’m glad it’s on TV. In the same respect, I was also a kid growing up in the 80’s and watching two gay men like the two on Modern Family would have been my worst nightmare, and would have kept me in the closet even longer. I can’t identify with either of them at all. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Not every straight person can identify with every straight character on TV. However, let’s balance things out a little for the gay men who don’t feel represented by the gay characters we see on Modern Family. That’s when things to become stereotypical.
But, again, Modern Family is comedy. Not meant to be taken seriously…I hope. We seem to be losing our sense of humor more and more these days.