Fashion Queens: The Portrayal Of Black Gays In The Media
Bravo-TV’s new show, “The Fashion Queens.” Now, before I begin this, I would like to first state that this is not a personal attack on Derek J. or Miss Lawrence. As it was brought to my attention when commenting on the show during its premiere, my remarks appeared to be a direct bash at flamboyant men. I am in no way discriminatory against themstated that” I myself can sashay with the best of them, and have known firsthand that it is harder to act masculine in public settings like the barbershop it is to just be my somewhat feminine self. But I feel as though the media likes to publicize caricature
Gay men – particularly black gay men – . The only ones that come to mind from the beginning of my short life until now are Wesley Snipes in “Too Wong Foo,” Lafayette of “True Blood,” and RuPaul. When it comes to Wesley and “Too Wong Foo” as a whole, my only criticism is that the characters remained in drag the entire film. I may not be a drag , but I know that drag is an art form for entertainment and happens mostly at night. Men who wear women’s clothing or androgynous, but – – .
As far as RuPaul, I would have to call him my gay idol for multiple reasons. Not only is he a philosophical teacher with a consistently positive stance on life, he is a businessman that had an idea in mind and worked hard to see it to fruition. I had the opportunity to speak to Jason Carter of the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” pit crew on my blog, and he told me that Ru always had the idea for “Drag Race” since he first began transitioning into media. I appreciate “Drag Race” for its innovation and its appropriate and portrayal of the drag community. Yes, we have also come across issue of , and e. Mostly, I enjoy the “Untucked” episodes when the sit down to discuss their upbringings and the struggles they went through to maintain a successful and happy life. It shows me that no matter how much we fight and pray to be different or , the greatest struggle is being comfortable with ourselves first. As Ru says, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell can you love somebody else? Can I get an ‘Amen’ up in here?” Amen!
I say all this to oppose the portrayal hetero-dominated media. I was watching an interview of Tatyana Ali where she said that characters usually fit and support a certain archetype (e.g. heroes and villains) and have since the beginning of entertainment way before television. Archetypes of black people like the mammie “girlfriend,”or vixen are prevalent to this day. And the archetype of “gay man” hasn’t changed much when it comes to black gay men. We are still given black gay men that . Why does the sassy, black gay man exist but not the sassy white one? Yes, I can name a few white ones but . Most new white media portrays their gay men as masculine or just slightly feminine (e.g. Will and Jack from “Will & Grace”) ut TV continues to emasculate gay black men. Do you think this has something to do with masculine, gay male actors/celebrities not being out and proud? Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto are two white actors that come to mind who are out and proud, yet still manage to acquire straight roles. Do you think their presence restricts media from creating many sassy white characters, or are they just trying to weaken gay black men?