FOX’s special Seriously, Dude, I’m Gay will train straight men to act gay.

FOX’s special Seriously, Dude, I’m Gay will train straight men to act gay.
“It’s a heterosexual male’s worst nightmare: turning gay overnight.” Never one to pander, FOX used that line to pitch for its newest reality special, Seriously, Dude, I’m Gay. Although the network has since apologized for its “failed attempt at humor [that] was ill-chosen and inappropriate,” that’s essentially the premise of the series. During the two-hour special, which airs June 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET, “two guy’s guys” will compete for $50,000 after they “immerse themselves in ‘the gay lifestyle,’” the original FOX press release says. They’ll “move into separate West Hollywood lofts, complete with three gay roommates, to experience what it’s like to live life as a gay man. Each day the guys will complete a challenge that tests their ability to pass for gay. They’ll come out of the closet to their best friends; they’ll mix, mingle and dance in gay nightclubs; and they’ll even go on a romantic blind date with another man.” Then a “jury of their queers” (another phrase deleted from the revised release) will decide who they think is really gay, and that person gets the cash.

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