Remember that awful Kevin James movie “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” in which James and pal Adam Sandler pretend to be gay so they can get health benefits? So funny, right? So many stupid, atrocious gay stereotypes. Well, now it seems that lesbians have become equal opportunity comedy fodder. Sara Rue — who I loved so much in “Popular” — has penned a new show in which two roommates must pretend to be a lesbian couple in order to score a sweet apartment.
Called “Poseurs,” Rue will star as Lucy, a young woman whose fiance moves out just as her unstable college roommate Alex needs a place to live. Of course, Lucy’s co-op building doesn’t allow roommates, so Lucy and Alex hatch a plan to pretend to be lesbian lovers. As you do. Wacky hijinks ensue.
So what’s so wrong with this? Well, like “Chuck and Larry” and “Bosom Buddies” before it, it presumes there’s some sort of performative action that makes it easy for straight women to “act” gay (or in the case of “Bosom Buddies,” like a woman). As if gayness is merely a series of performances that are enacted for the pleasure of others (see also: straight girls acting out recreational lesbianism in bars for the fun of their male onlookers). Additionally, it plays on the idea that straight women having to “act gay” is an inherently funny dilemma — and in essence reduces gayness into some kind of primetime minstrelism.
Of course, we still haven’t seen the show. Maybe it’s more nuanced than the premise sounds. But considering it’s slated to appear on the CW — home of such highbrow programming as “Hart of Dixie” and “The Vampire Diaries” — we’re not holding our breaths. [ONTD]