Friday, November 10, 2006
"Grey's Anatomy" -- The Gay Subtext
Actually, make that the gay text. last night's episode was filled with gay and gay-ish content. The natural tendency after finding out an actor is gay (as when TR Knight aka George O'Malley came out) is to watch his work and giggle over any unintentional jokes. Well, this episode didn't take long. All the male leads went...wait for it...camping. Pitching a tent next to them was a gay couple, with O'Malley clueing in the older Dr. Webber (obviously, O'Malley's gaydar is good). Cue the reference to "Brokeback Mountain" and the older doc's insistence that "man love" is cool as Knight/O'Malley looks pained. Then O'Malley Karev get in a fight but in order to protect their hands they must have a slapfest. And to top it off, Dr. Burke (Washington) -- in a development in place long before the on-set fights -- has a hand tremor. It would shake up the show's plotline, but that could give the producers an out if they want to dump Isaiah Washington, who fought with Patrick Dempsey and called Knight a faggot, causing that actor to decide to out himself. Actors will have spats, but that sort of vile behavior should be unacceptable. Imagine if another actor on the show slurred Washington. Would he be expected to grin and bear it? I don't think so. Dump him.