CABLE’S EXPENSIVE ENOUGH; WHO CAN AFFORD THERAPY?
As we reported last week, Portia de Rossi and Joely Richardson will be playing an eerily twin-like lesbian couple on the upcoming season of Nip/Tuck. This week, new (and disturbing) spoilers have emerged about their potential story line. (So skip to the next page now if you don’t want to be spoiled!)
According to E! Online’s Watch With Kristin:
Julia and her new girlfriend (played by Ms. Portia de Rossi) â€” yes, I said girlfriend â€” will be the victims of a violent crime this year. I’m hearing the pair is kidnapped, sexually assaulted and left to deal with the emotional ramifications of the event for many episodes to come. So, yeah, just another happy-go-lucky season of N/T in store for you, for which you will need therapy afterward.
Sadly, a story line involving two lesbians who are kidnapped and sexually assaulted isn’t that far from reality — women are the predominant victims of violent crime — but putting that story line on Nip/Tuck, which often plays fast and loose with everything, doesn’t exactly make us eager to tune in, even if the idea of seeing Portia involved with Joely Richardson is intriguing.
Of course, the spoiler might be wrong (and Nip/Tuck would not confirm to us whether or not it was true), but the bigger problem remains: Lesbians aren’t usually seen as viable recurring or regular characters on television. Other than major exceptions such as South of Nowhere (which airs on the hard-to-find channel The N) and The L Word (which airs on the pricey pay cable channel Showtime), lesbian and bisexual characters are usually only given one-episode chances.
Sometimes that one episode delivers a complicated character, such as a recent State of Mind episode that burst a lot of stereotypes about lesbian moms (even though it did present the stereotypes first as paper tigers to be knocked down), or results in a laugh-out-loud depiction of the lesbian "community," as in the Season 2 opener of The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman.
But when lesbians finally get to be recurring characters on a show that’s available to most viewers, why, oh why, do they have to be sexually assaulted? Note to Nip/Tuck: Violence against women is nothing new, nor is violence against lesbians. If you’re trying to stay edgy, you’ve missed the boat by about a thousand years.
However, perhaps because I have a tiny Pollyanna trapped behind all my pent-up lesbian separatist furor, I’m willing to be hopeful. Maybe the "emotional ramifications" of the violent assault will actually be interesting.
But Sarah tells me I’m smokin’ crack to believe that.
LESBIAN QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“They do think that Luke isn’t my real boyfriend. They think I’m a lesbian and that I just haven’t realised it yet, or that I’m faking it. I don’t mind and I’m incredibly flattered that I’ve managed to reach this whole group of people who have been traditionally s— on over the years by society. As far as I am concerned, you can fall in love with whoever you like whether it is a woman or a man.”