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Ga Ga: Drew’s Ethnic Gay Boyfriends Wilson Cruz & Leonardo Nam in He’s Just Not That Into You

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Now every single gal in a big city (at least according to Hollywood!) needs a trusting gay who will “tell her like it is!”

In the star-studded romantic comedy, He’s Just Not That Into You, Drew Barrymore is surrounded by a gaggle of gay co-workers who dish out their “queen-like” advice: from My So-Called Life alum Wilson Cruz to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants stud Leonardo Nam.

But while we love seeing Cruz and Nam in the film, we know many are upset that they are playing stereotypical characters, which Cruz denies.

“I didn’t swish, my wrists were intact and I think I spoke without a lisp,” he tells Queerty. “I wasn’t playing a stereotype. I’d love to know what I did that was stereotypical.”

And while Blindie applauds the film for hiring some of our favorite ethnic actors, we’re still wondering why one of the lead male characters couldn’t also be ethnic!

Categories: Movies and Race Matters.

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  1. corbomite

    actually the film deal was locked in 2005 or 2006, film shot in 2007 and sat on the shelf for two years, a black president was the furthest thing from the producers minds. as far as film and tv are concerned, we’re still going to be dealing with the “GWTW” mentality for a while — especially with obama in the white house. all the “best friend” and “conscience” roles could be going to actors of color instead.

    zane? really profwilliams?

  2. profwilliams

    (Not sure in 2009 with a Black President we can pull out the old “… Gone with the Wind” mentality here. Though, I agree that Hattie’s role then was where black folks were- serving. Here, I guess, like in “Sex in the City,” there are still plenty of White folks who have no black friends– unless they’re gay…)

    I’m sure if someone mentioned it to the Producers, they’d be like, “damn, we didn’t notice.”

    And that’s the point for me, do YOU notice? Or do you need someone to notice it for you?

    Sadly, for too many, the latter rules the day.

  3. corbomite

    HJNTIY is all about how Hollywood thinks that people of color don’t have cute, pithy relationships that young white people have. But we give great advice, so that’s our place. In a way, it’s no different from “Gone With The Wind” mentality.

  4. profwilliams

    “we’re still wondering why one of the lead male characters couldn’t also be ethnic!”

    Which is why I won’t see it.

    I have a Black Threshold that media must hit in order to get my money.

    And with 6 leads and no black folks (or “ethnic”)?

    Nah…….. I’ll stick with Zane’s…….

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Ga Ga: Drew’s Ethnic Gay Boyfriends Wilson Cruz & Leonardo Nam in He’s Just Not That Into You

Categories: Movies and Race Matters.

just-not-that-leonardo-nam-wilson-cruz

Now every single gal in a big city (at least according to Hollywood!) needs a trusting gay who will “tell her like it is!”

In the star-studded romantic comedy, He’s Just Not That Into You, Drew Barrymore is surrounded by a gaggle of gay co-workers who dish out their “queen-like” advice: from My So-Called Life alum Wilson Cruz to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants stud Leonardo Nam.

But while we love seeing Cruz and Nam in the film, we know many are upset that they are playing stereotypical characters, which Cruz denies.

“I didn’t swish, my wrists were intact and I think I spoke without a lisp,” he tells Queerty. “I wasn’t playing a stereotype. I’d love to know what I did that was stereotypical.”

And while Blindie applauds the film for hiring some of our favorite ethnic actors, we’re still wondering why one of the lead male characters couldn’t also be ethnic!

Categories: Movies and Race Matters.

Comments

  1. corbomite

    actually the film deal was locked in 2005 or 2006, film shot in 2007 and sat on the shelf for two years, a black president was the furthest thing from the producers minds. as far as film and tv are concerned, we’re still going to be dealing with the “GWTW” mentality for a while — especially with obama in the white house. all the “best friend” and “conscience” roles could be going to actors of color instead.

    zane? really profwilliams?

  2. profwilliams

    (Not sure in 2009 with a Black President we can pull out the old “… Gone with the Wind” mentality here. Though, I agree that Hattie’s role then was where black folks were- serving. Here, I guess, like in “Sex in the City,” there are still plenty of White folks who have no black friends– unless they’re gay…)

    I’m sure if someone mentioned it to the Producers, they’d be like, “damn, we didn’t notice.”

    And that’s the point for me, do YOU notice? Or do you need someone to notice it for you?

    Sadly, for too many, the latter rules the day.

  3. corbomite

    HJNTIY is all about how Hollywood thinks that people of color don’t have cute, pithy relationships that young white people have. But we give great advice, so that’s our place. In a way, it’s no different from “Gone With The Wind” mentality.

  4. profwilliams

    “we’re still wondering why one of the lead male characters couldn’t also be ethnic!”

    Which is why I won’t see it.

    I have a Black Threshold that media must hit in order to get my money.

    And with 6 leads and no black folks (or “ethnic”)?

    Nah…….. I’ll stick with Zane’s…….

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