TLC has a new show which follows five Mormon men who are attracted to other men, yet try to live heterosexual lifestyles. The show is called, “My Husband’s Not Gay” because four of the men are married. But all five are definitely gay.
Before I tell you what I saw on this shitshow, here’s what the experts have to say:
“This show is downright irresponsible,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to. By investing in this dangerous programming, TLC is putting countless young LGBT people in harm’s way.”
GLAAD would like TLC to take this show off the air. I have no idea whether or not that will happen. I mean, I’d like Duck Dynasty to be off the air. It’s still got it’s own section of the Atlanta Airport where they sell Duck Dynasty wall clocks and Duck Dynasty beer can holders. But before “My Husband’s Not Gay” falls into the annals of history, I decided to watch the first episode.
This show is so dumb. Just by basic reality-show standards, this show sucks.
The men and women of this show believe in an affliction called, “SSA” or “same-sex attraction.” They talk about “experiencing SSA” like some people experience carpal-tunnel syndrome or have a weird mole. Same-sex attraction is just something they live with, and try and live as normal (i.e.; heterosexual Mormon) men in spite of SSA.
At this point in the show, I was thinking, Okay. SSA is basically just some people’s interpretation of a religious rule that prohibits their natural feelings and functions. We all want to do stuff that we think we’re not allowed to do. That’s how these men, and their wives, are looking at sexuality. I got the impression none of the folks on the show were that offended by homosexuality; they just think that as Mormons, it’s not allowed for them. They also seem to think it’s a choice, and that by denying their natural attraction to the same sex and procreating with women, they’re being good Mormons.
That some people believe this is news to none of us.
But then “My Husband’s Not Gay” gets really, really weird.
Basically, the SSA men on this show hang out together and check-out guys. They go to the basketball court and check out guys. They go shopping for clothes and check out guys. They go to a French bistro and check out guys. AND THEN they give them a “Danger Scale” number which is between 1 and 4. A 1 means they’ll give a guy a glance and a 4 means they are in danger of having some gay sex, I guess.
The men flirt, they joke around, they had some “incident 2 years ago” that is never really explained by involved a sleepover. When one husband says he wants to go camping with some dudes, his wife asks, “Well, HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THESE GUYS?”
As a viewer, I noticed that much of the show seems really staged. There are certainly parts that got a viewer reaction as we watched, but the premise is misrepresented in previews, and by the backlash. “My Husband’s Not Gay” might be offensive, and some people think it might be dangerous to those struggling with their sexuality. Slow News Day defers to experts and activists, and we are proud and enthusiastic supporters of the LGBTQ community. I am merely here to tell you that as a reality show aficionado, “My Husband’s Not Gay” is not a fun reality show to watch.
That said, I will still watch the next episode.
Oh, and also, anyone want to chime-in on why half of TLC’s programming involves following around Mormons with various problems created by their Mormonism (My 5 Wives, My Husband’s Not Gay, etc.) I think it’s because some Mormons have really intense rules, and some Mormon people don’t watch a lot of TV so they will agree to be on it not realizing how bad it’ll make them look. You can find weird people in any religion. I was raised Catholic, and there was a no-birth-control family in my grammar school. We all thought they were weird. And no one ever tried to get them on a TV show. WHY MORMONS?