SPANNING THE GLOBE IN COMFORTABLE SHOES
While the U.S. has been preoccupied with bringing a financial apocalypse upon itself and others, the international entertainment community has been devoting its time to more considerable endeavors: Showing lesbians on television.
Here’s a quick jaunt around the globe to see what our friends in other lands are watching.
AfterEllen reader Rogue tipped us off to some news about Mujeres Asesinas (Women Murderers), a Mexican version of the eponymous Argentinean TV series about, well, women murderers. I like it already.
The series is a mix of fact and fiction and revolves around the DIEM, The Department of Special Investigation Women, an organization that incorporates information and technology to bring the mind and motivations of dangerous women to light.
In other words, it’s an online personals website.
The current Mexican media buzz centers around two famous actresses, Verónica Castro and Lucía Méndez, who are slated to play a lesbian couple on the show. This is kind of a big deal for two reasons: It’s still scandalous for well-known actors to play gay on Mexican television, and there’s a real-life rivalry between Castro and Méndez, which promises to make their fictional lesbian couplehood all the more compelling.
L to R: Verónica Castro, Lucía Méndez
As if that weren’t enough to make Mujeres Asesinas must-see TV, there’s also been speculation about which team Verónica Castro plays for in real life.
It sure beats four lousy minutes of Callica. Who’s up for a road trip to Tijuana?
Meanwhile, according to an article on eurout.org, Italian television has a new hospital drama called Terapia d’urgenza, which shatters the prime-time lesbian glass ceiling with not one, but two lesbian characters: pediatrician Marina, and the object of her work-place advances, nurse Ester.
Does the Vatican know about this?
Terapia d’urgenza is an adaptation of the popular Spanish series Hospital Central, and follows the lives and loves of a Milan hospital’s emergency room staff.
Among them are the aforementioned Marina Ranieri del Colle (Alessia Barela), a self-assured, hot pediatrician from a rich family, and Ester (Elisabetta Rocchetti), an easygoing, smart nurse from a working-class background.
L to R: Alessia Barela, Elisabetta Rocchetti
To do research for her role, eurout.org reports Barela studied that other lesbian named Marina, by watching episodes of The L Word. Oh that’s just great.
In other news, for her upcoming role as a lifeguard, Barela plans to screen all 11 seasons of Baywatch.
After learning about Barela’s exposure to the U.S.’s most significant contribution to lesbian television, EurOut.org observed, "oh my Gosh! They are going to think that lesbians f— all the time!"
We should all be so lucky. Some of us have to practice medicine occasionally. Or, if we live in Mexico, we’re busy murdering people.
Gay.tv quotes (in Italian) one description of the show, which says the program explores "the most dramatic themes of the reality of every day: racism, social exclusion, drug addiction and alcoholism, domestic violence, homosexuality, drugs and violence in stadiums, anorexia …"
And who wouldn’t want that cozy spot between “domestic violence” and “drugs and violence in stadiums”?
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