Visibility Matters is a monthly column by AfterEllen.com Founder Sarah Warn about larger trends affecting lesbian/bi women in entertainment and the media.
In the early ’90s, many Americans still believed AIDS was a "gay disease"
So when MTV’s reality show The Real World launched its third season
And rightfully so. MTV provided groundbreaking visibility for gays and lesbians
Fast forward to 2008, and gays and lesbians are in another major battle for
Gay men and lesbians around the country are using every tool possible — marching
And in the midst of this epic battle, what does MTV do? They announce
A Double Shot at Love with the Ikki Twins, which debuts next year, subs in Rikki and Vikki Ikki for
Tila as the face of bisexuality was bad enough, as I wrote about in March, but this pair makes you want to take Tila home to give Grandma a lap dance.
Identical twins Rikki and Vikki are models who started off working at Hooters and have graduated to being Playboy Cyber Girls who list their interests and hobbies in a Fast & Sexy magazine as "Boys, dancing, drawing, cheerleading, cars, party’n."
They also share the same bed, claim to be bisexual (despite only mentioning boyfriends in all previous interviews I could find), and boast on their official website that they’re "the world’s hottest twins."
If you’re still not disturbed enough, read this interview with them in which they talk about how excited their father is about them being Playmates.
Or this news report about Double Shot pondering whether viewers will be "grossed out by the incestuous undertones" or "fascinated with the ‘hotness’ of it?"
Visibility Matters: MTV Sells Out Gays and Lesbians for Ratings