Sharing StoriesInspiring Change. Deconstructing the “Sassy Gay Buddy”

David Levy, composing for, recently challenged us at JWA to touch upon the gender/sexuality dynamic of this 2nd City’s brand brand brand new movie show, “Sassy Gay buddy. ” He composed:

There is an extended tradition in Judaism of imagining various variations of y the most popular tales, from rabbinic midrash to contemporary novels. Comedy troupe The 2nd City has tossed their cap to the band this week having A youtube that is new video their “Sassy Gay buddy” series.

If you aren’t acquainted with the show, it began almost a year ago as a goof from the fate that is tragic of lots of Shakespeare’s heroines. Maybe, the videos advised, Ophelia, Juliet, Desdemona together with sleep might have had happier endings them away from trouble if they only had a BFF to steer. (we are going to keep it to JWA when it comes to unavoidable deconstruction of just what these videos state about sex and sex. )

In the event that’s a challenge, I accept. Within the videos, Ophelia, Juliet, Desdemona and Eve are each going to make a move stupid when their “sassy homosexual buddy” steps in, speaks some feeling into them, and saves your day. When you look at the movie below, the sassy friend that is gay Eve from consuming the apple.

My, my. Where to start. “Sassy Gay buddy” extremely demonstrably plays on stereotypes — the label that homosexual guys occur to become ladies’ “sassy homosexual buddies” plus the stereotype that women are, as it’s over and over stated within the videos, “stupid bitches. “

The very first issue right here is the presumption that just just what each one of the ladies do is stupid. Like, being murdered by the spouse, killing yourself, or consuming the apple. Why don’t we keep in mind why these females have actually in certain method been abused, used, tormented, or tricked, and calling their actions “stupid” seems a little like blaming the target.

The 2nd issue is the the assumption that homosexual men are experts at being ladies.

They are better at it because, well, they are perhaps maybe not females. They can see these circumstances more obviously simply because they don’t possess “brains crafted from rib. ” They are in a position to see these scenarios obviously since they’ren’t right guys and for that reason sidetracked by sexual attraction to females. Simply because they occupy neither space, they occur to instruct females (and males on Queer Eye for the right man) how exactly to be “better” straight people. This can be demonstrably demeaning to right women and men, but additionally to homosexual males. In this label, homosexual guys occur and then help right people, consequently they are therefore paid down up to a supporting role and frequently desexualized in order to not be threatening (think Stanford on Sex plus the City).

Finally, we hate the expression “stupid bitch. ” The sassy homosexual buddy makes use of this to Juliet and Ophelia, after which turns it in himself within the videos about Eve and Desdemona. The phrase “stupid bitch” is vile as it invalidates females as real people with genuine desires, issues, psychological state dilemmas, or viewpoints. He is stating that ladies don’t possess legitimate good reasons for acting how they do, they simply behave crazy as they are “stupid bitches. ” By calling Juliet and Ophelia “stupid bitches, ” their alleged sassy friend that is gay the depression and heartbreak (and of course the misogynistic and paternalistic forces oppressing the ladies) behind all of their suicides because well, silly. As a result, he could be not merely women that are insulting but whoever has ever struggled with despair and ideas of committing suicide.

All of that said, I really enjoyed these videos a great deal. Extremely yes that are offensive but pretty funny too. That is the benefit of comedy — it plays on horrible stereotypes, is normally pretty offensive, and we also think it’s great. Simply glance at Joan streams, Sarah Silverman, and a variety of other comedians who possess made us laugh with very humor that is innapropriate.

The segment that is best, for me, may be the one about Juliet. Enjoy!

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