Monday, March 05, 2007

Gay, Straight, or Stupid?

Well I have now watched a few episodes of the "game Show" "Gay Straight or Taken" in which the young woman asks questions and puts the three guys in odd situations all in an effort to figure out who is gay, who is taken, and who is straight and single. If she chooses the single straight guy, they get a vacation trip. If she chooses either the taken straight or the taken gay, that couple takes the trip. The concept is cute (in an inane passing the time way), but I am baffled. I think it's inherently homophobic. The guys likes to cook -- he's gay. The guy didn't squirm when she put spiders on him -- he must be straight. Gay guys don't..., or "Straight guys can do...." One positive thing is that probably four out of five times, teh girls are wrong in their choices. That is, in some ways, exploding some of the homophobic myths. I can't decide whether it's cute or whether it's demeaning -- to the gays, to "taken" strsights, and surely to the young women who are hunting for a date. I guess the upshot of the whole dilemma is to find something else to do with that half hour of TV time. What do you think?

4 comments:

Ur-spo said...

it sounds a silly show. count me out.

Lemuel said...

I find a lot on TV that at first appears to be Family friendly is really very destructive - whether it be this show, Queer Eye, or MTV "dating" shows. They only seem to serve to reinforce stereotypes and add to the fodder of those who would ridicule and marginalize us.

Journeyman said...

I'm with you, Nick. I watched one episode and was left hoping viewers would find more than a stereotype. And my passionate desire to be real and for others to be real made this show tough to watch. I'd rather just have someone be able to talk about themselves openly than trying to make a game of it. Give me real people, not romantic games.

Benita said...

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