Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (March 2, 2007)


Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar-hosting
last weekend received mixed
from critics, but she is credited with significantly increasing
the number of female viewers, as well as a slight increase in viewers overall (no easy
feat considering the event’s declining ratings in the last few years).

On her talk show this week, Ellen showed a video her producers put together
chronicling her experience hosting the Academy Awards, including a scene
of Ellen in tears a few hours before she put on her cute red velvet suit. And
those not-so-cute white shoes.

Melissa Etheridge, meanwhile, was asked by reporters after receiving her award
for Best Original Song if she was trying to make a statement by kissing her
wife, Tammy Lynn Michaels, on the lips when she was announced as the winner.
Melissa rightfully responded,
"I was kissing her because that’s what you do, you kiss your loved one
when you win an Oscar, that’s what I grew up believing."

The Academy Awards were unusually lesbian this year (check out our
"lesbians at
the Oscars" slideshow
for proof), but let’s face it: That just means
there were six five out women, instead of two. That’s not even enough
to field a softball team.

British writer Stella Duffy makes a good argument in the
this week against seeing Ellen’s Oscar-hosting gig as a sign that
lesbians have become mainstream (as Time and many other publications
have been claiming). The fame of Melissa, Ellen and Rosie, "and the way the
U.S. takes the cult of personality to extremes, is powerful and helps perpetuate
the myth that lesbianism is now mainstream." But, she insists, "when
the daily, weekly, constant inequities are added up — when it’s still special
and important that a woman who happens to be a lesbian presents the Oscars — then, no, we are not accepted by the mainstream."

I’m inclined to agree with Stella on this one. If I hear another straight person
or gay man point to Rosie, Ellen and The L Word as proof that "lesbians
are everywhere" when there are almost no lesbian characters in mainstream
films, we don’t have a single regular lesbian character on network TV, and Tina
Fey is still heterosexual (dammit!), I’m going to … um, complain about it in
this column.

For another take on the Oscars, check out this
on the newsmagazine site decrying the Ellen Oscars
as "the Girly Show" that needs an injection of "more of a straight
male point of view." The author goes on to complain about the "overload"
of commercials for "women’s products" during the show, and even Ellen’s
vacuuming bit, which "left many men scratching their heads" because
"the words hosting and cleaning are far from synonymous to the average
guy throwing a party." No, I’m not kidding. It’s sexist stereotypes on
parade. I will give him this, though — he doesn’t appear to think it’s a problem
that Ellen’s a lesbian. Just that she’s a woman.


last night’s episode of The
Sarah Silverman Program
on Comedy Central (watch clips on the official
), Sarah temporarily decides she’s a lesbian when she meets a butch
lesbian cop named Tig and starts fantasizing about her. It was all downhill
from there — in a very funny way — with a hilarious montage of Tig looking sexy
on her motorcycle, Sarah’s ridiculous turn as a flannel-wearing lesbian folksinger,
and her awkward attempt to show Tig just how OK she is with lesbianism by
asking, "What is a lesbian? What is anything? Like, what’s a unicorn? It’s
a horse with a horn on its head that’s magic. A lesbian is just a woman with
a horn on her head that’s magic."

Another great moment? When Sarah chided her straight friend by telling her
sternly, "As a lesbian, I resent your laughter. And all laughter."

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