Saturday, November 6, 2010
Gays are tough. Especially City Gays. When a TV show premeires that's gay, or has a gay character, all my friends in New York complain about stereotypes. They usually rant over their Cosmo(s)That gay shows always feature the same 5 types.
1. The Wacky Foreigner: hates everything American; but the money.
2. Supposedly A Model/Actor Queen/Personal Trainer: Never really works; so how does he make money? If he's under 25, Calvin Klein.
3. Bitchy Older Gay: She can't stand anyone, but is in love with Daniel Radcliff.
4. Sassy Best Friend Queen: With big belly and heart of gold.
5. Non Sexual, Can't Wait To Get Married Queen: This one has nothing but best girlfriends, and is holding out for a rich guy; good luck.
Finally there's a show on TV with real gay men; not macho, not fem-just two gay guys who happen to be a couple and gay. The Fabulous Beekman Boys premiered over the summer and has become Planet Greens number 1 show.
Most longtime gay couples tend to put their money into lavish vacations, botox, young lovers or buying a child from a third world country; not these boys.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge left their New York City lives behind at middle age to purchase and run the Beekman Farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y. Instead of thoughtfully contemplating this new, slower pace of life, Josh sells a book about his new life ("The Bucolic Plague") but keeps his full-time job in the city as an ad exec, and Brent, former V.P. of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart Living, arrives with visions of a Beekman brand that will produce everything from goat cheese to soap. Brent almost kills himself getting out an order of Beekman soap, believing he is the only one who can properly tie each ribbon on each soap (no surprise Martha liked him)
And then the filming begins, just in time for Josh to complain that, the second he drives in from the city on the weekends, Brent puts him to work. "This is so not what I envisioned my life being," Josh explains, and we flash to images of his former life as a drag queen named Aqua. "I was famous for having clear plastic breasts that had goldfish swimming around in them," he tells the camara.
I love this show and look forward to more. Finally there's a show on TV where you can say, "I'm like that." Also in this age of watching only LOSERS on reality TV; it's great to see two fun loving gays who aren't gross and sloppy.
The Fabulous Beekman Boys Special Premieres Wednesday, December 8, at 9:00 PM (ET) on Planet Green.
Season Two of The Fabulous Beekman Boys Premieres in Early 2011.