Crazy Ex-Girlfriend takes a swipe at straight women in gay bars
TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend took a not-so-subtle swipe at straight women who go to gay bars.
The CW musical comedy show, which has a number of LGBT characters, took aim at the heterosexualisation of gay bars in this week’s episode.
The episode sees newly-single White Josh (David Hull) and Nathaniel (Scott Michael Foster) go to a gay bar to get over their respective break-ups.
When Nathaniel, who is straight, questions the choice of venue, Josh explains: “It’s a gay bar, which is great for me, but it’s also great for you, because bachelorette parties, girls’ nights out, girls who like to dance in a circle. I don’t know, they’re all here.
“It’s actually horrible. Straight girls are ruining the best part about being gay. Used to be the one place to belong to us, but whatever.
“Tonight, it works for both of us.”
As the pair attempt to console eachother at the bar, they encounter a rude hen party.
The bride-to-be says: “Excuse me. Can you guys be sad somewhere else? This is my girl Sherry.
“She’s wearing Spanx tonight ’cause we is out on the town, all right? And me, I’m getting a dranky-drank-drank-drank, so yeah, you guys are killing the vibe in here.”
White Josh angrily tells her: “This bar not for you. There are straight bars everywhere!”
Nathaniel chips in: “Yeah, they’re called bars.”
The swipe went down well with the show’s large gay fanbase.
The plotline ended with White Josh and Nathaniel stripping off and singing about their problems.
The show has featured a lot of LGBT issues in the past, dedicating a major storyline to Darryl Whitefeather (Pete Gardner) coming out as bi.
The plotline provided the world with near-perfect bisexual anthem Gettin’ Bi.
In just two minutes and thirty seconds, the song demolishes some of the many myths and misconceptions about bisexuality from “It’s not a phase, I’m not confused” to “being bi does not imply that you’re a player or a slut”.
Basically, it’s the bisexual anthem you never knew you needed.
The show also explored same-sex adoption, IVF and marriage during Darryl’s relationship with White Josh.
Main character Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) is portrayed as latently bisexual too, with a number of gags about her drunken attraction to other women.
Speaking about the bisexual representation previously, Pete Gardner said: “What I think is great too is that he has that amazing song ‘Getting Bi’ that hits on all those points.
“All those things where it’s not going to be like that it’s going to be different. I think that song is almost an anthem of how bi people should be seen.
“That’s what’s so great about it too. Because Darryl is funny, but Darryl’s sexuality isn’t the joke. I think that’s what people were worried about.
“I have friends who are bi that were watching the show and thought they saw where it was going, ‘Oh God, it’s a comedy’, so they’re thinking they could see Darryl’s going to be gay and then he’s going to realize ‘No I’m not’, or it’ll be a joke. ‘It’ll be some sort of thing where he makes fun of the discovery of his sexuality’, and that has nothing to do with it.
“The other great thing is he comes out to everyone at work, but yeah so what? Nobody cares. That’s fine. Nobody’s down on him, and it’s not a big deal.”
He added: “I think it’s hilarious, I think it’s awesome. But it’s really well written and I think what makes a difference, what really makes it stand apart, is it didn’t happen in one episode.
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“Most television shows when you have someone come out, whether gay or bi or what have you, they give it all in one episode — one ‘very special episode’.
“This one it came over in five episodes, and little by little by little. It was Darryl’s discovery. I think it’s a total discovery. I think that [foreshadowing Darryl’s discovery] would kind of cancel out the way that it was written, which is that he’s just discovering this.
“I don’t think he even knew this was an option. I think because White Josh shows him affection, and attention, and everybody else on the show is always just dumping on Darryl.
“Nobody even wants to be his friend, and then White Josh wants to show him some attention, and gives him some focus, and is such a nice nurturing person I think that just catches Darryl off guard.
“I think that’s why it’s such a cute relationship, because I think it’s genuine I don’t think that Darryl’s been thinking about this for a while, or had an inkling or whatever. He’s just so glad to find somebody. I think he really likes the person not so much the gender, not so much the person’s gender.”