Andy Cohen is one of the most powerful openly gay men in television, so it kind of saddened us to see him using that considerable clout to produce a show about people who had one night stands with celebrities. As the guiding force behind the “rich women catfighting” subgenre of reality TV, surely he could use that Bravo pull or his deal with NBC Universal to get more gay men on TV.
Since the rumors of his Bravo answer to Logo’s A-List NY never materialized, there is still a gaping hole in reality television, which is arguably the easiest genre of TV to feature minority groups (Just ask the folks at VH1, who’ve seen their ratings revitalized over the past five years by focusing on the African-American community).
As we head into yet another season with very few gay men represented on reality TV, we ask Why Aren’t There More Gay-Oriented Reality Shows?
It’s no big loss. There’s nothing real about a reality show. It’s just a group of people being given fake scenarios by a producer and then told to add lip in front of a camera. The more you watch, the more you make irrelevant nobodies famous.
Haven’t we had enough of the Kardashians dominating magazine covers and radio shows? Or paparazzi following Kim’s every move all because of a sex tape she did several years ago?
You get another gay reality show and it will follow the same fake formula: making stupid, annoying people famous.
Why aren’t there more? Because these types of shows (The A-List, The Real Housewives of . . . )are boring in the extreme, exploitative and geared toward the LOWEST common denominator – especially the “who I slept with” genre. They should be considered brain porn in that they have no redeeming social value whatever.
A show like RPDR (even with the shade that can be thrown) shows people with REAL TALENT. The same goes for shows like “Face Off” and other competitive reality shows. If there were more gay themed reality shows that showcase talent and achievement, then I would gladly watch.
If there is a gay focused reality show, it should be something positive, maybe family focused. TLC does a pretty good job with reality shows. They have their HOney Boo boo and toddlers and tiaras, but 19 kids and counting doesn’t seem exploitative, or little couple, little people big world. Even when Jon and Kate plus 8 was on, they only focused on the trials of raising a family.
Why would we want that? I mean sure there are as many trashy gay men out there as there are Ramona Stangers in the world. But why do they need a show? Isn’t trash like the A list (Or the D list really) proof positive that a bunch of trashy gay men is not at all entertaining?