7. Gay today, gone tomorrow
Just as films and television shows giveth, they can also taketh away. A shining example is the hit NBC show Heroes. Earlier this year, the creators announced that a lesbian cheerleader character, described in The Hollywood Reporter as "beautiful" and "sweet" (and to be played by Lyndsy Fonseca) would be joining the cast. But before you could chant "Be aggressive!" NBC announced that Fonseca had moved on to another show. Rather than recast the part, they dropped the character from the squad altogether.
Similar fates befell the lesbians on ABC’s All My Children and the Indian-American film When Kiran Met Karen. AMC‘s groundbreaking lesbian couple, Bianca and Maggie (played by Eden Riegel and Elizabeth Hendrickson), parted company for good, and Bianca’s new love interest was revealed to be Zarf/Zoey, a pre-op male-to-female transwoman played by a man (Jeffrey Carlson). Technically, yes, it was still a "lesbian" story line, but without offering the transgressive punch of showing two actresses kissing on conventional daytime TV.
Originally billed as a lesbian romantic comedy starring Purva Bedi, the plans for When Kiran Met Karen took a big turn for the unsexy due to "budget and other constraints." The director (Manan Katohora) revealed that the film now focuses on a famous Bollywood actress (Kiran), who is engaged to a male music producer but has an affair with a lesbian journalist (Karen). When the press finds out, they try to ruin Kiran’s marriage and career. In addition to the plot changes, Bedi has now been replaced by Chriselle Almeida.
All of this is a reminder of an age-old maxim: Don’t count your lesbians before they’ve hatched!
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1. Stephen Colbert makes "lesbian" The Word
Presidential candidate (Is he serious?) and "ballsalicious" political satirist Stephen Colbert couldn’t get enough of the lesbians this year. Or, more specifically, he couldn’t get enough of the AfterEllen.com lesbians this year.
On his Comedy Central hit show, The Colbert Report, Colbert gave a snarky shout-out to two AE productions, scribegrrrl’s Talking to Manatees podcast and the online talk show She Said What? on his "ThreatDown" segment. The shows made his list because they don’t have the word "gay" in the titles, making them part of "the army of products trying to turn me gay."
In an episode of his show that aired in May, Colbert told the audience, “Ladies and gentleman, I learned something tonight that I did not know: I do not have a favorite lesbian. I have got to fix that!”
So what the hell was he talking about?
Before the show began, Colbert took questions from the audience. One of them
(yes, Brooke was our plant) asked Colbert who his favorite lesbian was. Much to his chagrin, he was stumped! Colbert repeated the question, muttering, “I don’t know,” and then, “I did have a nice chat with Melissa Etheridge the other day.” Giving up, he asked Brooke, “Well, who’s your favorite lesbian?” When she pointed to her girlfriend, AE writer Dara Nai, Colbert jumped on the bandwagon and proclaimed, "You’ll do."