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TV Gets A New Judge - A Gay One - Judge David Young
Gay Justice Gets Syndicated - Don't Get Me Started!
As if we really need another reality courtroom show, on September 10, 2007 television is getting its newest Judge Judy in the form of a gay man from Miami, Judge David Young. Or perhaps he's the Judge Judy Garland? Apparently he's a very well known and respected judge (his most famous case to date was when he sent those two drunk America West pilots to jail in 2005). The marketing campaign says he doles out justice and occasionally breaks into show tunes. Gays playing the game of televised life; in case you haven't noticed, we've just lost a turn again and moved six steps backward. Gay Justice gets syndicated - Don't Get Me Started!
This show first came to my attention (as most things do) by the commercial that came on when I was watching something else. It caught my attention only because I was trying to convince myself I hadn't heard what the voiceover had said. One of the lines of the voiceover was, "Justice with a snap" and it showed him snapping like the gay characters from In Living Color (portrayed hysterically) by Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier. On a comedy show in the 1980's it's funny but on a reality court show in 2007...I Object!
Now look, I have nothing against this guy and yes, I guess it is something that he can put in his bio that he has a partner of twelve years and still have a nationally syndicated court show but I know for a fact that there are gays out there who don't burst into show tunes, snap at things and call one another, "Giiiiirl!" Unfortunately those gays never seem to make it on television because I guess they just aren't gay "enough." Thank you television executives for once again, reducing us to the stereotype you think the world adores and we gays abhor. This isn't new for Hollywood, similar to the Jewish studio heads back in the Golden Age of Hollywood that were always afraid that actors or scripts were "too Jewish" so somehow in their minds they thought that if they went with the Jewish stereotype it would be okay because they would be laughing with the anti-Semitic public instead of the public laughing at the studio or finding out that men like Louis B. Mayer was a big Jew. (Who knew? Everyone!) So you'll notice that usually when you see a Jewish character in old movies he's got the big nose and is looking for a penny in the sewer (while the large black maid rolls her eyes and bugs them out of her head when the flapjack she's making flips and hits the ground instead of the pan). But you would think that an industry that went from silent movies to Technicolor movie musicals like The Wizard of Oz in a little under ten years would have evolved a little more by now, wouldn't you?
Well, it hasn't as you can see from movies like I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry (though I didn't see it and apparently no one else did either because it made something like three dollars at the box office), William Sledd (the 23 year old Gap Manager who is a YouTube sensation with his swishy, "Ask A Gay Man" video blogs now featured on Outzonetv.com) and now Judge David Young who supposedly brings a "new perspective on justice."
I don't know about you guys but I'm tired of being Anne Frank, being persecuted, forced to live life hidden from view and eventually being killed all the while saying, "In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." And I'm not too wild about being Shylock the Jewish character from Shakespeare's Merchant Of Venice either, "I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions: fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" Maybe God knew what he was doing when he made me a Jewish gay man because at times I certainly identify with one or both of the above characters/people.
I just wish that there was a place for us gays on television where we didn't have to swish to get our wish of getting our fifteen minutes of fame. I get it, swishy is funny and sometimes when I'm writing this blog or "on" at a party I can be as swishy as my dirty martini and limp wrist will allow. But wouldn't it be nice to have a gay on television who is painted a little more three dimensional than his highlights? Maybe someday (and I'm back to being Anne Frank) but for now I think I'll skip the honorable Judge's justice with a snap and pull out my DVD of Gentlemen's Agreement (The 1947 classic movie where Gregory Peck as a magazine story writer tells everyone he's Jewish to see how he'll be treated differently than a gentile - a must see again and again for everyone.) But for those that are interested, I don't want anyone to think I'm not supporting my fellow gays and doing them justice so here's Judge David Young's website http://www.judgedavidyoung.com/ . Gay Justice gets syndicated - Don't Get Me Started!
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