gay reality TV roles discussed; Boy Meets Boy 2 couldn’t find advertisers.

gay reality TV roles discussed; Boy Meets Boy 2 couldn’t find advertisers.
The Hollywood Reporter talks to a group of openly gay producers, including The Real World’s co-creator Jonathan Murray. He says that the show’s format of diverse housemates “forced us to have gay people. What’s great about MTV … is that there’s no double standard: The way we treat gay and lesbian storylines is the same way we treat straight storylines. The nice thing about reality programming is that it takes you places you can’t imagine you would go: Pedro and Sean (1994’s “The Real World: San Francisco”) decided they wanted to have a commitment ceremony, so it went there.” Also off interest, film producer Craig Zadan says that Bravo “attempted to get Boy Meets Boy 2 off the ground, and they didn’t because no one wants to advertise on it.” Meanwhile, despite the proliferation of gay people on reality TV, Slate’s Dana Stevens says in an essay that “[t]he one thing that gay men still can’t be found doing on reality television is the very thing that defines them as ‘gay’ in the first place: loving other men.” She argues that “gay men on reality television exist to impart some intangible quality of sophistication or savoir-faire to the otherwise drab lives of their heterosexual brothers.”

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