Have you ever watched 1 Girl 5 Gays? Obviously the demographic for this show, a Canadian MTV import that airs in the States on Logo, is pretty narrow, but it seems to have popped up in conversation in our own lives enough that maybe it's worth talking about here. And speaking of popping up! Last night was "the naked episode," in which the panel — made up of a rotating cast of young Torontonian gay men moderated by a female host — didn't wear any clothes while they fielded the show's usual "20 questions about love and sex." Watching it last night, it struck us that this might be one of the weirder shows on television.
When the show began it was meant to be a kind of survey of the lives of a particular generation of urban gay men, an unflinching look at uncomfortable bedroom details usually kept off of television. The language was graphic, hardly any topic was taboo, and it felt like there was some genuine sociological value to it beyond base titillation. It almost seemed like one of those earnest-but-hip MTV specials from the 1990s, back when the network was trying to be frank about serious topics with some kind of society-bettering, or at least enlightening, goal in mind. But over time, as we've all grown more and more familiar with the cast, 1G5G has become something stranger and more meta. It's a reality show that's all reunion. The guys are essentially, through tidbits that we can loosely string together, recapping their own lives. So it's less of a general look at the sex lives of the North American gay man (and perhaps, by extension, the sex lives of lots of young urbanites) and more about these particular oversharers. And now they're naked!