Wait, I thought lesbians WERE people

L_lI’m not too thrilled about Showtime’s latest "for your consideration" ad for The L Word (pictured), which features this quote from The Chicago Tribune: "No longer ‘ashow about lesbians,’ this series has evolved into a show aboutpeople." Yeah, who happen to be perfectly evolved lesbians. WTF?

It turns out the Trib’s quote went on: "…people, manyof whom happen to be lesbians, which is as it should be." And which makes this ad unnecessarily offensive. I do suppose the original quote was too long, and just "no longer ‘a show about lesbians’" wouldn’t be attractive to… lesbians, but come on. Find a different quote. (Such as? EW’s Nicholas Fonseca: "It made me a Marlee Matlin fan." Perf!)

I won’t even get into what the hell kind of glossypink phallic symbol Helena’s perched on right now. Or how Max is casuallysidling up to it, all envious of its illumination and girth. Oops, just did.

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  • C

    Thanks for bringing this up; I agree with you… they should have found a better quote! The “phallic symbol” confused me too, until I realized it was the left part of a giant ‘L’ that all the women on the right side of the photo are sitting on as well. /Slightly/ less odd, I guess. :)

  • Neffs

    I’m surprised they didn’t put Daniela Sea in a dress.

  • sananto

    haha that ad is SOOOO funny :)

  • Ed

    It’s about time The L Word got some recognition for it’s actors. The show is no longer about lesbians, it is about women who are struggling with life like the rest of us. Except for the fact that they all look hot doing it.

  • jeff

    Look at me! I can be offended about anything!
    Annie, if you could take off your outrage glasses for a second, you’d realize that anyone reading the quote without looking for a hidden agenda would interpret it in exactly the way the expanded quote indicated — i.e., not that lesbians aren’t people, but that it’s a show about people first and foremost, who happen to be lesbians.
    Sheesh.

  • Lola

    Get over it.

  • paige

    this only thing showtime should be considering is how much longer this show is gonna go on. this show is getting worse and worse as the series goes on. please start thinking about the future of this show and just put it (and me) out of its misery.

  • paige

    also! this show isnt about people! its about caricatures!

  • Scott P

    Lesbians are awesome.

  • Leigh

    I thought I was the only one who got p*ssed when I read that ad in Variety/Hollywood Reporter. Absolutely awful. Lesbians? Hey, they’re *almost* like real people (but not, which is why they can’t marry).

  • ceej

    I think the better choice would have been the latter part of the quote: “a show about people, many of whom happen to be lesbians, which is as it should be.”

  • Devin

    Popwatch always comes across as if it’s trying too hard when it tries to deal with an “issue” or, in this case a “non-issue.” The point the ad is trying to make is that lesbians are people too, not just lesbians. Granted, I think the wording is maybe a little sketchy (however, that can’t be changed since it is a quote), but honestly if it hadn’t been brought up here, I wouldn’t have thought anything of it.

  • Meier

    I think what the Chicago Tribune was going for is that this is no longer one of those “lesbians doing it” Showtime series – that the acting, storylines, production value, etc. have upstaged the shock value of the nudity and sex (or at least maybe figured out how to juggle both at the same time).
    Showtime used to be a channel with its fair share of softcore pornography disguised as legitimate television (Sherman Oaks, anyone? How about Bedtime?). I still have never watched an episode of The L Word, but when it debuted, it looked to me like A: a “jump-the-shark” show of Queer as Folk, and B: yet another way for Showtime to show more boobies. I didn’t give the show a chance at first for fear of that second insensitive reason. I’m glad The L Word has turned out to be a much better show than it could have been, and I think the Tribune is too… in a thoughtless grammar sort of way.

  • Dee

    I second that, Scott! I sometimes wish I were one…Anyway, I love this show, even though it’s gone downhill…My theory is, this ad was created to target a different audience; an audience comprised of uptight conservatives who don’t want to know anything about lesbians, much less watch a whole show about them. Just a thought.

  • Andie

    I agree with ceej, the latter part of the quote is better, however, the ad is probably aimed at those who, sadly, need to be reminded of the fact that lesbians are in fact people.

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