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Is Reichen Lehmkuhl’s LOGO Series Really Not Going to Exploit the Gays?

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Reichen Lehmkuhl is currently the star of the theater show My Big Gay Italian Wedding. But soon you’ll know him as the star of LOGO’s new reality series (née Kept) that, he tells Ben & Dave’s Six Pack, is not some sort of gay Housewives show. It’s a “docu-drama” about “gay men in New York” that has “nothing to do with how much money anyone has.” It’ll be a four-month, supposedly unscripted chronicling of business-minded homogays. Which, okay, still sounds interesting. But let’s not kid ourselves about what reality television producers — especially those at MTV’s umbrella networks — expect from talent.

Jersey Shore. Real World. Charm School. Even LOGO’s biggest series RuPaul’s Drag Race, by definition of BEING A REALITY SHOW, relies on exploiting and dramatizing the “real lives” of its subjects. Lehmkuhl’s show will be no different, but we are encouraged by his don’t-give-a-shit attitude. “Sometimes as a community we make a mistake of being embarrassed by a certain element of the gay community, like, ‘Let’s not show or portray things that are too gay,’ … The great thing about this show is it’s portraying all parts of gay life. There’s an element of of gay life that’s sex in hot-tubs and drugs, and there’s a part of gay life that’s very business minded and financial, and people who are very athletic or into into sports. And really, we have to get away from being worried what the straight community and everybody else thinks about us and just kind of accept each other in all walks of gay life. I’m not for censoring any part of gay life, so if the show portrays if gay people the way that gay people are, I’m tired of apologizing for it.”

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