Ok, now to the good stuff. A single gay Mormon will review the show about married gay Mormons. I'm skipping the last hour of The Golden Globes to watch MHNG. (And after seeing Matt Bomer accept his award, I knew nothing else would top his beautiful face.)
Initial thoughts --
- The show is rated TV 14. (This made me chuckle.)
- No last names were used and at one point the Bennion's last name was blurred out.
- For a show that has "Gay" in the title, they sure didn't say the word "gay" very much. Almost like it was a taboo word. (SSA was used at every possible moment - 'Same Sex Attracted')
- #MyHusbandsNotGay was a trending topic on Twitter. (Even during the Golden Globes?!)
- Conversion therapy, People Can Change, and Journey into Manhood were never brought up. (I'm a little surprised.)
- Pret is so dang cute.
- Guy crushes mentioned by the SSAers: Ryan Reynolds and Tom Brady.
The show starts with the promo seen on YouTube the past few weeks. There was a quick intro at the beginning that gave details of the three couples. All stories were similar. Last couple was slightly different as the guy told his wife he was gay after they were married. (The last couple - Curtis and Tera - could have been cut from the show. They get hardly any attention and you don't really get a chance to like/dislike them.)
The three couples then met together with their straight (homophobic) friend in an FHE type setting. When the gay topic came up, all the couples brought up the typical teacings and explianations from the church's "mormonsandgays.org" website. The straight friend seemed clueless about gay people, and I'm sure non-Mormons watching the show will use him as a "typical, stereotypical" Mormon. (Which makes me mad.)
A fourth guy is introduced - Tom - I don't like the guy. He's a douche. He's discriminates against gay people, when he in fact is gay. He has a bad attitude and acts like he's better than everyone else. He tried to be funny, but just came across as rude.
Megan (Pret's wife) grew on me; I gained respect for her. I've read some of her posts in the past and didn't care for her. After seeing her in the show, I kinda want to be her friend. Out of the 7 people featured, Megan was by far my favorite.
Of course, when they go to dinner, a hot guy is their waiter. If I were Tanya, I'd be worried. Jeff really likes to talk about hot dudes and seems the most tempted. I've been on dates with girls and my eyes have wandered to good looking guys. Seems like this is a common occurrence with Jeff and Tanya.
It was nice to see the other side of the story. I didn't think TLC would do this -- Jay from the Far Between Movie made an appearance and gave his story (for about 2 minutes.) In no way, was this a major part of the show, but still a nice surprise to see him.
Then there's obligatory sad part when Pret and Megan talk about their baby who died. (But she's pregnant again!)
Tom is set up on a blind date and ends up telling the girl at the end of the evening that he experiences SSA. They still stay in touch.
I didn't HATE the show. (I didn't really learn anything either.) I think parents, leaders and adults will use these examples for the gay youth. "These folks are happily married, and you can be too." I DID HATE the use of the letters "SSA." I find that offensive and very disease sounding. I DO think this is an embarrassment to the LDS Church. We're trying to seem normal, and this show isn't going to help. (Read the Tweets about the show for proof.)
And what about gay Mormons like me? When do I get to share MY story???
Random quotes --
"I get jealous when Pret has all his guy time." Megan
"We don't discriminate against straight people in our prayer group."
"I experience 'SSA,' not gay."
"His feelings weren't reciprocal for obvious reasons." Megan
"I'm interested in men, just not interested in men." Tom
"I get a little defensive when someone calls my husband gay." Tanya
"That is a beautiful man." Jeff
"Half the time we don't have the same tastes." Tanya
"Does this girl know that I'm super into dudes sometimes?" Tom
There's been a lot of fighting back and forth on this dumb show. The LGBT community called for the cancellation and said it would be harmful to gay youth. North Star fought back in a not-very-Christlike way.
In the end, the SSA folks seen in the show would like respect and acceptance and to not judge them. However, the guys would do anything in their power to split up, demonize, and discredit a loving homosexual couple - and then charge you for the "therapy."
We made a bunch of assumptions before the show aired. Now that you've seen it, what are your thoughts?