Monday, May 31, 2004

Fox Drops 'Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay'

What is going on? Could it be that the network that brought us such classics as "America's Scariest Police Chases" and "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?" has suddenly discovered limits beyond which it isn't ready to go?

LOS ANGELES, May 28 -- Fox television said Thursday it has canceled plans to air a two-hour special titled "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay," in which two straight men compete for $50,000 by trying to pass themselves off as homosexuals.

A network spokeswoman said the reality show, which had been slated to air June 7, was pulled off the schedule "for creative reasons" after Fox executives previewed the program.

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According to GLAAD Media Director Stephen Macias, who viewed a copy of the special, the contestants referred to their experience as "their worst nightmare" and complained of being "trapped in gay hell."

One contestant resorted to telling his former wrestling teammate that he liked the sport because he enjoyed "close contact with sweaty boys." He later had to fork-feed dinner to a blind date, get the man to spank him and fool him into securing a second date, Macias said.

GLAAD first questioned the show's premise as potentially offensive after seeing promotional materials stating that the two contestants would immerse themselves in "the gay lifestyle" and later be judged by a "jury of their queers" -- a panel of gay men who would decide who was the most convincing.

What a shame Mike Darnell and the boys didn't have the gumption to put this on air; what fun it would have been to see guys competing to see who could be the nelliest! After all, to be "gay" means to be flamingly swishy, right?

On a serious note, this show strikes me as being about as stupid as putting on a contest in which the goal is to see who's "blackest", an opportunity to revel in the propagation of stereotypes, nothing more than a thinly disguised coon show.

Speaking of coon shows, anyone planning on catching Soul Plane?