The Real L Word: I Don’t Know What To Say…

Honestly, I don’t know what to say…no, I wasn’t expecting a real-life L Word, but I think the producers, one of which is L Word co-creator Ilene Chaiken, is trying to make the ladies like the characters we all once loved, then hated…and I’m not happy with the concept…well, your obvious “Shane” is Whitney…someone who can’t settle down, yet she flirts and she eventually has sex with Sara pronounced Sada, a friend visiting from San Francisco…we see her run into a recent hook-up at a bar while she’s trying to focus on Sara or whomever she fancies…she also introduces the lay viewers to the term “Pumps or Pants”…Pumps=Femme, Pants=Butch…I don’t think I needed that explained…and Whitney also said LA lesbians are “more polished”…WTF???…yeah, so I basically suck!…is that what she/they’re trying to tell me…we see Whitney interact with another cast member, Tracy, the film executive..sound familiar Tina fans???…at a bar…now, we are led to believe these 6 cast members don’t know each other at all…I’m not buying it…Tracy, to me so far, is the most likeable…she’s sort of a newbie, came out at 26, which is the same age I did…she’s in a new relationship with a woman who has 3 little kids…WHOA!…twins, who are biologically the girlfriend’s and one, who is biologically the ex’s…so LA…
If you are looking for a Bette and Tina, you’ll find it Nikki and Jill, who are planning to get married after a year together…you’ll recognize Nikki from one of Oprah’s “Lesbians Later in Life” episodes…she obviously broke up with the poor girl she shared the stage with on the talk show…and she’s moved on to Jill, who she went to summer camp with 20 years ago…it kind of makes your head hurt after a while, and so does seeing the ladies dressing alike and giving each other pedicures…they have matching Mac laptops they stare at for wedding attire ideas…Nikki wants a suit, Jill wants a dres…Pumps and Pants, remember???…although I don’t see Nikki as butch at all…we see them meet with a wedding planner who quotes them a rather costly price for her services…again, it’s LA…they are the most annoying…
We meet LA Fashion Week guru-wannabe and definitely Pants girl Mikey early on…she’s not a Shane, in fact, she’s in a committed relationship with make-up artist Raquel, who is femme…Mikey is very butch, but she has a soft side…awwwwwwwww…but when it comes to casting models, don’t mess with her!…and all that strap-on talk in the press for the show, not Mikey ladies!…
Rounding out this lesbian circus is Rose, who Papi on The L Word was loosely based on, yeah right…she used to be a Shane, but now she has a live-in girlfriend, Natalie who she seems to treat not very well…well, they get along and Natalie knows how Rose is, but she doesn’t think Rose will cheat…I don’t buy that either…there’s even a scene where the couple is hanging out with Rose’s family and Natalie brings up the issue of having kids…if she wants to play that card, play away…I don’t think it’s going to work…you see a lot of upcoming footage of Natalie crying in the couple’s bed at home…yes, the upcoming footage, well if you did see the end of last night’s premiere, you saw Whitney drop off Sara at the airport, roll back around to pick up lane and pick up another girl…shocker!…we’re shown Whitney is balancing at least 3 girlfriends, if not more this season…AND we see Whitney break out the strap-on and she uses it!…and yes!, they show it…I guess you can analyze for yourself what your personal limits are on seeing real sex on reality shows, but since this is on Showtime, I guess they can sort of get away with it…I am torn on the issue, no pun intended…I think it breaks new boundaries, but at the same time, it demoralizes the women/cast involved…
I hate to say, but I think I’m going to continue to watch The Real L Word…if not for guilty pleasure purposes only…yeah, we all know this show will never relfect the various communities and big cities we call home, but maybe we can relate to the scenarios, the substance over style…
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