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Fox television special "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay"
« on: May 15, 2004, 07:46:54 PM »
Fox Takes Gay-Themed Reality Show One Step Further
Thursday May 13 11:25 PM ET


Two straight men will do their best to pass themselves off as gay as they compete for $50,000 in an upcoming Fox television special, "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay," the network said on Thursday.

The two-hour show, set to air June 7, marks the latest in the burgeoning TV sub-genre of gay-themed reality shows, such as "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and the previous Fox offering "Playing It Straight."

"Queer Eye," in which five gay men teach a heterosexual slob how to dress, dine and design, caught on quickly with gay and straight audiences alike, first on the Bravo cable channel and then on its sister broadcast network NBC.

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But "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay" has raised the eyebrows of at least one gay activist group, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation , which questioned the show's premise as potentially offensive and the "inflammatory" tone of the original press release announcing it.

"Without having seen the show yet, it raises some red flags for us, speaking to negative stereotypes that we work every day to tear down," GLAAD spokesman Stephen Macias told Reuters.

He cited a passage in the press release stating that two straight contestants will immerse themselves in "the gay lifestyle" as they move into separate West Hollywood apartments with gay roommates, come out of the closet to their best friends and socialize at gay nightclubs. Each will even go out on a blind date with another man.

Fox also said the two contestants will be judged by a "jury of their queers" -- a panel of gay men from all walks of life who will decide which of the two they believe is actually gay and the winner of $50,000.

"There was a second press release that was sent out with a disclaimer at the top of it apologizing for their ill-attempted humor in the first press release," Macias said.

A Fox spokesman acknowledged that "the failed humor was ill-chosen and inappropriate and we issued a new release," but added that the program would actually help "dispel stereotypes." He added that Fox would provide GLAAD with an advance copy of the show's script for review.

The show, from the creators of the Fox reality series "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance," will be hosted by Amanda Byram, who also emcees the Fox make-over show "The Swan" and the romance reality series "Paradise Hotel."

Fox is part of Fox Entertainment Group Inc., which is controlled by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Ltd. , while NBC is owned by General Electric Co.

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/va/20040513/108451592400.html


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Re: Fox television special "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay"
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2004, 07:56:40 PM »
Hmmm interesting.  However what if one or both of the guys is actually in the closet or "on the fence" and really is gay, wouldn't that be the ultimate shocker.  And if he won would FOX make him give the money back or pay a fine?  ::)
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Re: Fox television special "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay"
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2004, 08:04:57 PM »
It sounds pretty stupid..LOL

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Re: Fox television special "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay"
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2004, 02:42:49 PM »
Whoever owns Fox needs to seriously fire someone in charge of new programming. Playing It Straight never lasted beyond 2 or 3 episodes. Why in the world would they think this would succeed? Sounds very stupid and I am betting it will be derogatory to any and all gay men and women.

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Re: Fox television special "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay"
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2004, 06:20:01 PM »
I agree CindiLou and no matter how many times I email Fox..they never ever send a reply.. ::)
They cancelled Playing it straight, John Doe, Firefly, and now maybe Forever Eden . They ruined the above shows by moving their time slots over and over..untill they finally ended up in the Kiss of death timeslot..Friday nights.. ::) I even dared them to move 24 or AI from Tuesday to Fridays.. <>)..and again..no reply ..from Fox..


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Re: Fox television special "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay"
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2004, 07:24:15 PM »
Well, Puddin. I am flabbergasted that Fox would not listen to you. How dare they! Anyone on the net knows what great insight you have into American television. I say that the owner of Fox should make you in charge of new programming! What do you think?  ;)

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Re: Fox television special "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay"
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2004, 07:43:45 PM »
I think FOX problem is that it has the 10 O'clock news, if they went to a 3 hour primetime schedule, their shows wouldn't have to be crammed or moved around.  So, submitt your resume Puddin.  I'll give you a good reference. LOL

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Re: Fox television special "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay"
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2004, 08:17:26 PM »
LMAO.... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Fox television special "Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay"
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2004, 01:06:06 PM »
HEY ..Fox actually listened to me!! B:) B:)
from TV guide on line~
SERIOUSLY DUDE, IT'S OVER: Fox is pushing Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay back into
the closet. The network says the two-hour reality special, which was to
feature straight guys trying to pass themselves off as gay, was yanked off
the schedule for "creative reasons." The folks at GLAAD blasted the program
as "an exercise in systematic humiliation." They then rushed home to watch
WB's Superstar USA.


 

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