Girl On Girl: The Joke’s On You

I feel so bad for “Entourage” star Kevin Dillon right now. He’s hurt because of a joke Jane Lynch made while hosting the Emmy Awards last weekend. He said what Jane did was “unfair,” because it is just not true!

What Jane said: “A lot people are very curious as to why I’m a lesbian — ladies and gentleman, the cast of ‘Entourage.’”

Now, Mr. Dillon, I would hope you know that no one can actually turn lesbian from watching a TV show, no matter how misogynistic or horrifying it is. (But if there were a show that would do that, I’m pretty sure it would be “Teen Mom.”) I don’t think Kevin Dillon is mad about the joke — I think he’s mad that everyone thought it was hilarious. It was one of the night’s most heralded one-liners, and it was a lesbian joke delivered by an actual lesbian — something even more rare on primetime television than a character on “Entourage” being a real stand-up guy.

Lesbian jokes are very often made at our expense, even on the best-written shows. “30 Rock” is a repeat offender, but Tina Fey is such an ally, we usually give her a free pass. There have been so many tired references to Billie Jean King, Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls in TV and movies in my lifetime, that I am really hoping for some more creativity in the near future — which is why I was so thrilled that Jane inserted some of her own very lesbian jokes into the Emmys. Why shouldn’t Jane be able to get a few laughs at the expense of the cast of “Entourage”? I mean, “Entourage” has definitely employed the “straight girls kissing” party trick on their show. Plus, how many gay jokes have they made about Rex Lee? They owe us one lesbian joke at their expense.

As a gay woman, I’ve heard many terrible jokes involving “muffs,” “carpets” and fake prescription drugs called “trycoxagain.” It was nice, just once, to watch an awards show where the joke was not only funny, but spoken by someone who knows what she’s talking about. Because even Tina Fey can’t claim that firsthand knowledge — at least not that I’m aware of, and I read Bossypants!

The best part is that Jane didn’t even write the joke — Dana Gould did, and he’s a dude. See, Kevin? One of your own thought it was funny — and the lesbian agreed. It was a team effort, and the awards were better off for it. Best of luck finding a sense of humor! Lord knows we’ve had to.

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