Robert Sepulveda — star of Logo’s “gay Bachelor” series, Finding Prince Charming — penned a response to Huffington Post’s Noah Michelson’s critical thoughts on Logo’s new reality series Fire Island.
We didn’t think we would ever be saying this, but we are actually liking the words coming out of Sepulveda’s mouth. If you look out the window, you may see a pig flying.
Michelson shared Vulture’s article about the new Logo series with the following caption:
Really? A show abut six gay guys in Fire Island makes you want to die? That’s a bit much dramatic, no? What makes us want to die is watching that video of the Brazilian trans woman being beaten to death — not some silly show about six gay guys vacationing for the summer. But to each their own.
Michelson’s post got a lot of traction, comments and shares. Many people agreed with his sentiments. One commentator wrote, “Just sad! Let’s take a whole group of gay men with no careers and stereotypical bodies and make a TV show so that a whole group of young gay men can idolize gay men that look good but that’s it… and we wonder why we have a twitter/reality president …. so disappointing!!”
Another person to come out of the black hole of white noise and chime in on the matter was Sepulveda. The former bachelor challenged Michelson’s thoughts with some solid words.
Sepulveda’s response about Fire Island was this:
Jealous may be a little far reaching (and obnoxious) to use here, but he does bring some good points into the conversation. If we are going to ask for more intellectual queer programming like When We Rise, we also have to support it. Ratings for When We Rise have been underwhelming, proving that when important narratives of queer life are portrayed, our community doesn’t show up to support it.
Sepulveda’s post accompanied this photograph of Michelson looking saucy on the beaches of Thailand:
First off, Michelson looks fantastic. But to Sepulveda’s point, those in glass houses shouldn’t be so judgmental.
After we saw this whole back and forth, we sent Michelson an op-ed we published last week about the topic.
Michelson’s response was this:
From the trailer, Fire Island looks to be very much in the same vein as Jersey Shore or The Real Housewives. The difference, for me, is that where as non-queer people can switch the channel and see literally thousands of other options of what it looks like to be non-queer, queer people don’t have the same representation. So when we’re offered just a handful (at best) of shows about queer life and/or experiences each year, and Fire Island, which, like it or not and intentionally or not, is a (re)presentation of a very particular privileged and fetishized version of queer life that so many gay men feel like they’re supposed to live up, it can feel frustrating. So, do I think it shouldn’t exist or be aired? Of course not. Do I wish that we had more representations in addition to it to help flesh out how diverse and complex we are as a community? Definitely.
OK. So we have our trash now. Who is going to create and produce the next big thing for our community?