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30 days 
7th-Jul-2005 10:25 pm
I just watched this show called 30 Days on FX. It's a pseudo-reality show. Half of it was real people in odd situations (more on that in a moment), and the rest was sort of documentary inserts. Each week the show puts one or more people in an environment totally foreign to them, and they have to live there like a native for 30 days.

The show is the creation of Morgan Spurlock, the man from Supersize Me. I saw him on The Daily Show recently plugging 30 Days, and decided to check out tonight's episode because it sounded interesting.

The show tonight was about Ryan, a straight 24 year old homophobe from a small farm town in Michigan, who comes to the Castro to live with Ed, a 38 year old gay man. The personal journey Ryan goes through in his month here is interesting to watch. But the documentary moments are sort of weird and distracting. And Spurlock really uses a heavy hand to push the message of homophobia and anti-gay discrimination. That's not to say his point isn't valid, but his argument against that being gay is a choice was always, "why would we choose to be hated and castigated?" There's a lot more to it than that, and I found the simplistic viewpoint to be tiresome after a while.

saintmichael had told me a few months ago that he and his hubby had run into the crew taping Ryan and Ed at the Powerhouse one night. Sadly that bit didn't make the cut, so they will be denied their 15 seconds. Too bad, Michael!

I think this episode will be rebroadcast in the next week, so you might want to check it out.
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