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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

“The gay sex makes me rather queasy.”

There are those of you who may remember the BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters' excellent novel Tipping the Velvet, the screenplay of which was written by Andrew Davies. The production was rather infamous for being kind of crap (Exhibit A: The strange boing noise that sounded every time the leather dildo made an appearance), but was notable for its lesbian sex scenes in "a teatime drama."

Davies' current project is an adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty, "the story of a gay, cocaine-fuelled Conservative in the 1980s." But will there be notable gay sex scenes in this work?

Davies say he believes the public is unlikely to warm to gay sex on the television, and that his own personal dislike of the issue prevented him from including it in the script.

“The gay sex makes me rather queasy,” he told the Sunday Times.

“I suspect the television audience also finds it awkward,” he added.

Yes. Lesbians getting it on is just plain Hot, but the gay guys... whoa. What's up with that?

It appears that there may be gay sex tossed in there anyway, but I'm more than a little disturbed -- and plain disgusted -- by Davies' lack of artistic ethics. Dude. If someone wants to pay you money to translate The Gay to on-screen, give them what they're paying for. You're not being paid to censor what you find personally yucky. And if you find it that gross? Don't take the damn job. I know I could use a few extra bucks -- give 'em my name next time, huh?

(Link)

3 Comments:

Blogger Harper said...

...what a jerk. That's really awful.

10:37 PM

 
Blogger Ion said...

You know what I say to him?

boi-yee-oy-ee-oy-ng!

Goddamn lack of respect for the leather dildo's authoritah that is...

12:36 AM

 
Anonymous shoeless_girl said...

Ah double standards - gotta love em! /sarcasm

1:49 AM

 

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