David Levy, composing for JewishBoston.com, recently challenged us at JWA to touch upon the gender/sexuality dynamic associated with 2nd City’s brand new video clip show, «Sassy Gay buddy. » He composed:
There is an extended tradition in Judaism of imagining various variations of well known tales, from rabbinic midrash to contemporary novels. Comedy troupe The 2nd City has tossed their cap to the band this week by having A youtube that is new video their «Sassy Gay buddy» series.
If you’ren’t acquainted with the show, it began many months ago as being a goof regarding the tragic fate of therefore nearly all Shakespeare’s heroines. Maybe, the videos proposed, Ophelia, Juliet, Desdemona as well as the sleep could have had happier endings when they just possessed a BFF to guide them far from difficulty. (we will keep it to JWA for the deconstruction that is inevitable of these videos state about sex and sex. )
In the event that’s a challenge, We accept. Some sense into them, and saves the day in the videos, Ophelia, Juliet, Desdemona and Eve are each about to do something stupid when their «sassy gay friend» steps in, talks. Into the movie below, the sassy friend that is gay Eve from consuming the apple.
My, my. How to start. «Sassy Gay buddy» extremely demonstrably plays on stereotypes — the label that homosexual guys exist to become women’s «sassy gay buddies» additionally the label that ladies are, because it’s over and over repeatedly stated within the videos, «stupid bitches. «
The very first issue right here is the presumption that just just what each one of the ladies do is stupid. Like, being murdered by the spouse, killing yourself, or consuming the apple. Let us keep in mind why these ladies have actually in certain method been abused, used, tormented, or tricked, and calling their actions «stupid» seems a little like blaming the victim.
The second issue is the the presumption that homosexual guys are experts at being ladies.
They are better at it because, well, they truly are perhaps not ladies. They can see these scenarios more plainly simply because they don’t possess «brains crafted from rib. » Also, they are in a position to see these circumstances plainly as they aren’t right males and so sidetracked by intimate attraction to ladies. They exist to teach women (and men on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) how to be «better» straight people since they occupy neither space. This is certainly clearly demeaning to right gents and ladies, but in addition to homosexual males. In this stereotype, homosexual males occur and then assist right people, and they are therefore paid off to a supporting role and usually desexualized in order to not be threatening (think Stanford on Intercourse while the City).
Finally, we hate the expression «stupid bitch. » The sassy homosexual buddy utilizes this to Juliet and Ophelia, after which turns it in himself into the videos about Eve and Desdemona. The expression «stupid bitch» is vile since it invalidates ladies as real individuals with genuine desires, issues, psychological state dilemmas flirtymania mobile, or viewpoints. He’s stating that ladies don’t possess legitimate grounds for acting the direction they do, they simply operate crazy because they’re «stupid bitches. » By calling Juliet and Ophelia «stupid bitches, » their alleged sassy friend that is gay the despair and heartbreak (and undoubtedly the misogynistic and paternalistic forces oppressing the ladies) behind every one of their suicides because well, silly. As a result, he could be not merely insulting ladies, but whoever has ever struggled with despair and ideas of committing suicide.
All of that said, I really enjoyed these videos a whole lot. Extremely unpleasant yes, but pretty funny too. That is the thing about comedy — it plays on terrible stereotypes, is usually pretty offensive, and then we think it’s great. Simply glance at Joan streams, Sarah Silverman, and a variety of other comedians who possess made us laugh with very humor that is innapropriate.
The segment that is best, in my experience, may be the one about Juliet. Enjoy!
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This post was written by Сергей Иванов