Faux Gay Entertainment

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Alyssa is a little fed up with the CW:


The CW, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that its next comedy will be about a young woman who marries her best friend to get around rules about roommates that would forbid said friend from moving into the main character's "swanky New York co-op." And I've had enough of fake pop culture gay people. 

It as one thing to give us I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, which managed to be about the unfairness of two sets of laws, one that made it difficult for widowers to preserve pension benefits and another that denied gay couples the same rights available to straight ones, while also putting its two somewhat boorish male characters in a position that forced them to sympathize more deeply with gay people and to understand their own gender roles better. This, by contrast, is about maintaining access to a nice apartment, a kind of fraud that doesn't exactly help the cause of law-abiding real gay people. The characters get a domestic partnership even though New York is a marriage equality state. And it's a fake lesbian fantasy, written and acted, in this case, by Sarah Rue, who is in real life married to a man...

I'm actually heartened to hear that Chuck and Larry was somewhat worthwhile.


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