A SIGN OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
An out lesbian cast as the lead in a comedy? Someone forgot to tell HBO that lesbians don’t have a sense of humor! Well, except for Lily. And Ellen. And Rosie. And Jane Lynch. And Judy Gold. And Karen Williams. And Marga Gomez. And…wait, remind me again why people think lesbians aren’t funny?
OH YEAH: MOVIES LIKE THIS ARE WHY NO ONE THINKS LESBIANS ARE FUNNY
This is terrific news, really, because I’ve been wondering when we’re going to get another Oscar-nominated film full of bad lesbian stereotypes to balance out all the Oscar nominees with great lesbian characters, like Monster and The Hours (if only The Black Dahlia had been nominated!).
In related news, Melissa Etheridge received an Oscar nomination in the Best Original Song category for “I Need to Wake Up,” the theme song to
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN SOMETHING WAS UP WHEN BEN AFFLECK WAS LISTED AMONG THE CAST
Turns out, according to some AfterEllen.com readers who’ve seen the movie, Keys’ character Georgia isn’t a lesbian, after all. Her partner-in-crime (Taraji P. Henson) is, and she has a crush on Georgia, but it’s unrequited. Not only does Keys not end up with Henson’s character, she hooks up with a guy. How does the actual lesbian character end up? Mouse over the text between the spoiler tags to find out: [spoiler] dead [/spoiler].
No, I wasn’t smokin’ something when I originally reported this in my column, or when talked about it in the latest episode of She Said What? The folks behind the movie, and Keys herself, have been marketing Keys’ character as a lesbian. Maybe they can’t tell the difference between a lesbian and a woman who hangs out with one? More likely, they don’t care, and just want to exploit lesbianism for profit (it might even get them an Oscar nomination!). Or maybe they’re assuming we’ll never actually see the movie and find out they’re full of crap.
Well, they’re right about that last one, at least. And judging by all the bad reviews the movie is getting, no one else is likely to see it either.