Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Gay's Anatomy

One of America’s top rated TV shows for the last decade has been Grey’s Anatomy. I have disliked Grey's Anatomy from day one. Initially a Sunday evening drama, I considered it punishment for husband’s who spent hours watching football. It's a super chick show that is obvious in its PC crap. I did think it was weird how the writers made the original female characters despicable and every man an amazing well rounded man. That threw me off, but PC Hollywood asserted itself. Ever since the pilot episode of "All in the Family" Hollywood and TV go out of their way to PC up or push certain narratives, but Grey’s takes the cake. They have expanded on the method. I have noticed a real push not just in a particular storyline, but how they set up editing which forces viewers to see idealized versions of gay relationships right after a trashing of a straight couple.

Grey’s Anatomy was created by a black female, and looking at her wikipedia page, one can see how she creates shows with black overrepresentation (lots of black MDs). She and Tyler Perry are keeping C-list black actors in business. Grey’s Anatomy has had five black surgeons appear on the show (only one asian). Grey’s even had one of the original black surgeons nearly marry the asian surgeon, but because the black actor physically & verbally attacked a gay actor on the set, he was written off the show. The oddity of the black surgeon number is reinforced not just in the fact that only 6% of med school enrollees are black, but that this show is set in Seattle, which actually has a larger population of asians compared to blacks. One of the surgeons happens to be of mixed race, where his surgeon mother was portrayed by Debbie Allen, and surgeon grandfather was a white male. The comedy of that weird trio is that young, mixed surgeon is the grandchild of a white male-black female marriage, which just so happens to be one of the least common interracial marriages in the US. We’re lead to believe Grampa did this in the ‘50s or ‘60s. I understand America is 2/3 white and 1/3 non-white, but couldn’t Grey’s make the non-white pop (especially in the world of MDs) realistic? There is one hispanic and one Asian surgeon, but why the need for black overrepresentation? It must be their color blind casting system that is randomly setting up this situation.

Grey's Anatomy has spent the last few seasons subtly saying "straights take marriage for granted and mishandle love, while gay coupling is a beautiful expression of a deeper love". It is an example of the moral inversion in liberal society. This is coming from someone who supports government recognition of gay unions (because who gives a shit as Rome burns).  Multiple college educated female surgeons have divorced their husbands. Lead handsome surgeon McDreamy divorced his gorgeous redhead wife who also is a surgeon. The divorce rate for college educated women in the US is around 11%, but on Grey's it might be 33%. Weddings and marriage do play a critical role in the show, as in so many other soap operas. While reading on the couch, my wife watched a Tivoed episode ("White Wedding") of Grey’s. Any straight person reacting less than super supportive to the gay ceremony was “bad”, adding in religious maliciousness for bonus evil points. The final sequence was split between a straight couple going to a judge for a quick civil ceremony while the gay couple had a 'beautiful' ceremony that sadly you, evil viewer, don't recognize. This was not the first time Grey's had done this sequential messaging.

Grey's had previously juxtaposed a surgeon's (female named Teddy) quickie marriage to a stranger to get him on her health insurance in an altruistic move to 'help' someone w/o insurance (another Democrat talking point) while a gay guy was hurt in an accident at a ceremony his partner created to the marriage 'mean' something more than just going to a judge for a civil union. Even more comical is that one of the gay men was played by the actor who played Enrique the gay teen on My So Called Life. That contrast was showing how we needed health care reform, and how straights take it for granted all the benefits they get from being recognized by the government. See viewers at home; there are human consequences to your bigotry. Teddy has been used in other episodes with her quickie marriage as she knows nothing about her husband when critical care questions arise. Multiple times this issue has been spotlighted, only for the show to instantly cut to another scene where a gay couple know each other inside and out. See viewer, gays are just looking for lifetime love just like straights. "White Wedding" took it to a new level with the marriage between the cute, blonde lesbian & the cute bi hispanic.

That ‘marriage’ is a bit weird in it’s own right because of the cute bi hispanic. One small trend that has emerged on TV recently, which Grey’s sparked, is writing in a hispanic bi or lesbian women. Glee, Grey’s and other shows have created multiple hispanic lesbians or bi-girls, yet hispanic women are lesbian or bi at far lower rates than white or black females. There must be ulterior motives to this for Hollywood, so let’s speculate:

1. Standard liberal Hollywood filter.

2. Stunt casting: hispanic + gay female = 2 'diversity' points.

3. They don't have to make the female white lead the gay woman which might hurt viewership, and the actress’ agent could fight it as a potential career ender (Juliette from LOST had to fight that stigma after playing two, small gay roles).

4. Few American viewers have ever met a gay hispanic female (that's 1.8% of 8% of the total US pop, so 0.15% of the US) so they can make her look smolderingly sexy (a latin lady stereotype) when she comes out to her family (On Glee: Santana's hair & outfit were super femme when she came out to her gramma), which you can't do with a white or black lesbian because those types are so well known that an audience would expect her to be wearing birks, with a short haircut and plaid on (or dress as a fake gangsta).

5. On a show, a hispanic lesbian will have an ethnic & deeply Catholic relative who will disapprove openly & vocally. Religion = bad. Hispanics have taken over for Italians & Irish as the 'ethnic' that you can portray as old school in a realistic way that will cause generational issues within a family. Hard to portray whites disapproving in 2011 as white folks are more accepting now & just don't talk about unpleasant things. Blacks can't be portrayed in a slightly negative manner on TV no matter how homophobic. Monique said as much in her Oscar acceptance speech how people didn’t want “Precious” made due to the politics, which must have been accurately representing black families in the ‘hood.

6. Hispanic women are often portrayed as more domestic, traditional & feminine than women of other races. Let's be honest, Hollywood is horrible with Hispanic, female characters (cleaning lady or sex vixen). When they show a Hispanic as a successful business woman or lawyer, she's still 38-24-38, playing the fully armed and operational Dionysian embodiment of femininity. Being a mom, a wife, a church lady, a master cook for the kids are still very positively associated with Hispanics. Having a hispanic lesbian on a tv show is the whole: “see, that loving, caring, and nurturing female figure from a traditional home can be gay, too” message. Hollywood is trying to make you forget the countless short, wide 13 yr old boy lookalikes in your metro area, pouting in photos with a baseball hat and sweater vest on. They did this for years with HIV-AIDS patients (Mark Harmon on St. Elsewhere), but some of you were too young to see those 'very special' episodes, then those episodes disappeared along with wearing red ribbons

Sorry for the tangent, let’s get back to Grey’s Anatomy’s terrible browbeating of their audience. I rolled my eyes at about 20 spots during the White Wedding episode. The final scene of quick editing bounced between the "straight, take it for granted" vs. "gay, beautiful but not recognized" ceremonies. This was the director’s choice to cross cut the scenes where the two primary male and female leads finally tie the knot officially in a quickie manner compared to two side characters having an ornate civil ceremony. The director and producers inverted the normal pattern of a show, where the big pay off “Wedding Episode” of the two leads, who have been in love for seasons, is reduced to a snippet compared to the splendor of the gay ceremony. If this show had been on 20 years ago, the leads would have had a huge ceremony in the season finale because the normal looking, smart girl finally got the Alpha yet sensitive surgeon to commit. The show runners denied their faithful female audience the giant, romantic payoff for a topical, political point. They robbed their female viewers at home of that big payday, where your average American woman can project herself into the normal looking Ellen Pompeo and nab that dreamy Doctor. The prodcuers would rather push a political point than have that signature episode. Grey's ratings have slid since the lesbian storyline introduction, and really tumbled since the "White Wedding" episode. It will be weird to explain to American viewers in 10 years how the most popular weekenight soap had the two leads get married after nearly 150 epsidoes as a sideshow to the ancillary lesbian character wedding.

This is another sign of how far Hollywood has veered from the mainstream, and how the media has become the propaganda arm for Democrats. It saddens me how obvious and overt the message is, and that to even push back on it will earn a 'homophobe' smear. Over the decades, we have seen on TV countless handsome & superfit gay men, countless attractive lesbians, and gay relationships are always pure of heart with evil relatives that don't understand except for enlightened parents/siblings that support and embrace the gayness. This does have an impact on people as TV is sadly a large impact on our culture and society, and people are weak. I can't count how many unattractive & overweight gay men I have seen or how many ugly lesbians I have met in real life. Yes, TV portrays everything in a skewed manner, but gay stuff on TV has become ridiculous. Grey's takes it all to another level on one specific topic within the gay community, but we shouldn't be surprised. It is just another piece in the cultural marxism tapestry of that show.

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