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'General Hospital' Introduces Lipstick-Wielding Gay Male Nurse

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General Hospital debuted a new character this week, a gay nurse played by actor Marc Anthony Samuel. To establish his character as gay, his first scenes involved him pulling out a tube of lipstick and offering to touch up a heterosexual woman. Oy.

UPDATE: A follow-up to this post.

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  1. What's more shocking is the producer and head writer are both gay themselves. You'd think they'd know better?

    Posted by: realitythink | Dec 7, 2012 10:47:57 AM


  2. Ugh. Oh sure, just like all the rest of us gay guys. Christ I'm so sick of this shi*

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 7, 2012 10:51:14 AM


  3. Oy, indeed.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Dec 7, 2012 10:53:35 AM


  4. Of course, there is a possibility the character is a drag queen which would be a first for Daytime. (Hence the lipstick) And considering we only had two scenes to be introduced to the character it might be too soon to complain about him. At least the character is interesting - would people prefer him to be like the bland gays guys on Days of Our Lives?

    Posted by: KP | Dec 7, 2012 10:56:50 AM


  5. and of course he would have to be African-American. Because only ethnic gays are easy to tolerate because it's "those people".

    Sigh.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Dec 7, 2012 11:04:20 AM


  6. And to think, 5 years ago (a LIFETIME in daytime TV) there was a happy, gay, unstereotypical gay couple on As The World Turns. Stay classy, ABC.

    Posted by: Billy | Dec 7, 2012 11:06:09 AM


  7. "What's more shocking is the producer and head writer are both gay themselves. You'd think they'd know better?"

    The "gender-non-conformists" seriously believe, apparently, that if they present enough examples like this, the public will actually come to find it perfectly acceptable for men to engage in the kind of behavior being portrayed......

    ......when, in reality, they are just reinforcing stereotypes and making us all into a laughing stock--and doing so with the blessing of Hollywood heteros who are thrilled that there is still one minority group that not only can be ridiculed safely but that some members of that group are willing accomplices in providing them with the kind of material they want......

    The latter are the real self-loathing gays among us.....and until they are confronted and denied social acceptability WITHIN the gay community, this kind of crap will continue.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 7, 2012 11:06:13 AM


  8. While I think the lipstick thing is awful (UNLESS he's a drag queen. "respectable profession" by day, drag queen by night, would probably be a first), @Jake, what are you talking about?

    We need way more gay men of color on TV. Are you trying to say there are currently more african-american gays in the media than white ones?

    Posted by: BenR | Dec 7, 2012 11:07:59 AM


  9. Where are the heterosexual, cross-dressing business tycoons who've only shared this dark secret with their wives - and whose wives are blackmailing them so they are not shamed in the boardroom? Let's keep it real, GH!!!

    Posted by: Mitch | Dec 7, 2012 11:14:23 AM


  10. One word:

    Herpes

    Posted by: Taylor | Dec 7, 2012 11:17:30 AM


  11. General Hospital comment line: 323-671-4583
    ABC Hotline: 818-460-7477, ext. 4

    Paul Lee
    ABC Entertainment Group President
    ABC Entertainment Group
    500 S. Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521-4588
    Phone: (ask for his voice mail) 1-818-560-1000
    paul.lee@abc.com

    Posted by: Eric | Dec 7, 2012 11:18:23 AM


  12. Unless he's a drag queen? Then it's alright? Bullsh** it is. It's crap period.

    Posted by: JEEZE | Dec 7, 2012 12:09:47 PM


  13. A weak introduction in a scene with a weak character in a weak storyline. They missed the boat here. They should have reintroduced Lucas Jones who would already have a lot of established story and connections.

    Posted by: TJ | Dec 7, 2012 12:10:24 PM


  14. Sassy gay friend?

    Posted by: beef and fur | Dec 7, 2012 12:32:57 PM


  15. I second the oy. welcome back to the '80s GH!

    Posted by: Lewis Payton | Dec 7, 2012 12:40:11 PM


  16. Yup, we all carry an extra tube around just in case. You just never know when you're going to need to touch up your lady friends' lips.

    Seriously, this is idiotic and insulting to any gay man, even a drag queen.

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 7, 2012 12:45:13 PM


  17. Screw the gender binary.Do we all just want to assimilate into the hetero-normative blah blah that mainstream culture feeds us?Get radical.Get over it. And by the way, I have very good friends in legitimate jobs who wouldn't hesitate to pull out a lipstick when the time was right--some of them are dragsters some of them are tranimals and some are just over the top faeries.Let it be.I'll take one of every flavor and color, until there is no stereotype left.

    Posted by: delish | Dec 7, 2012 2:45:00 PM


  18. It's not the heteronormative, is the cliche. When you want to use a non masculine gay guy in a show, you need to take time to develop the character.
    I remember a good bunch of years ago, a spanish tv sit com, Aquí no hay quien viva, introduce a gay couple (back them they weren't as common as today) and everybody thought they will be a total cliche, and in part they were, one was masculine and the other no.
    But they were well acted and three dimensional characters, of course they play with stereotypes (it was a sit com) but the character has personality and a lot more to show than a simple stereotype.

    US soaps are a dying genre, and they are dying because the writers (a lot of them are gay) and the producers don't let these shows enter in the new millenium. They are still acting like they were in 1950. Telenovelas are a very similar genre, but they are doing well, because they evolved. The women are not damsels in distress anymore, they are independent women. They are even surpasing the classic romantic novels cliches, like rich man rescue poor woman. And they evolved on gay characters too, first they were to be funny stereotypes, then they became the female leader best friends, and now they are fully developed characters.

    This is not a way to introduce a character, because the gay and gay friendly viewers will not like, and the homophobes won't like either, so it's a lose lose situation

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 7, 2012 3:00:51 PM


  19. This is what happens when you tell the world that gay people are actually something called "LGBT" and that gay men are the same "people" as crossdressers and transsexuals. People will take us at our word and then start to treat us as if we are crossdressers and transsexuals. So if you are one of those people who refers to "LGBT" you have no basis for complaining about this kind of stereotypiing. It is only reflecting the stereotyping inherent in "LGBT."

    Posted by: Joshua | Dec 7, 2012 3:31:47 PM


  20. @Delish:

    (at the risk of sounding like Rick)

    You're in the minority of a minority. While I'd never want to deny your "dragsters, tranimals and faeries" a right to be what they want to be, I'd be willing to be that 98 percent of men who read this blog don't identify with that kind of gay man at all.

    At least not any more.

    Why?

    Because that's simply not what the majority of gay men are like at their core. All but 2 of the hundreds of gay guys I've known since coming out 34 years ago did not and do not wear make-up and aren't fem-ID'd at all.

    I think you'd find it's a very different gay world outside of the big cities. And the younger gay guys are more and more identifying with a new brand of gay (read: standard issue guy, not straight-acting, not fem, somewhere on the scale in-between), not the cliché that is still, sadly, leftover from the 80s.


    Posted by: johnny | Dec 7, 2012 3:35:26 PM


  21. @"I'd be willing to be that 98 percent of men who read this blog don't identify with that kind of gay man at all."

    Yeah, and let all 98 percent of them fall off the damn fiscal cliff in 2 weeks while we in the 2 percent shall be saved.


    "When you want to use a non masculine gay guy in a show, you need to take time to develop the character."

    Very very very true, JJOSE. And it can be done-whether comedy or drama.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 7, 2012 3:50:59 PM


  22. it's not the stereotype/prototype/archetype you choose to use. it's how you are ABOUT IT.

    for example, alexis arquette's role in "The Wedding Singer".


    i don't really understand the "i don't relate to gays like ______ comments"

    if you're so blinded by an insecure knee-jerk reaction to an aesthetic or manner that you cannot possibly find a chord of relation in that person/character, congrats! you're failing as an empathetic human being :)

    and the best way to "show the kind of gay guy like you" is to, you know, actually show the kind of gay guy you are.

    live out loud. show yourself. have a visible and known presence as A GAY PERSON. whatever type of gay you are, or think you are.

    but you cannot sit idly with one foot in the closet and complain that you're "not being represented"

    it starts with openly and proudly representing yourself.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 7, 2012 3:58:32 PM



  23. "This is what happens when you tell the world that gay people are actually something called "LGBT" and that gay men are the same "people" as crossdressers and transsexuals. People will take us at our word and then start to treat us as if we are crossdressers and transsexuals. So if you are one of those people who refers to "LGBT" you have no basis for complaining about this kind of stereotypiing. It is only reflecting the stereotyping inherent in "LGBT." "

    +1000

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 7, 2012 4:16:53 PM


  24. dear "i hate femmes" gays - provide the URL to your own pages.

    let's see how manly and masculine and empowered you are.

    after all, you're so masculine that straights love you, right? so you have no reason not to be visible, right?

    i call your bluff.

    :-)

    *crickets*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 7, 2012 4:20:39 PM


  25. apparently you can't be gay and masculine at the same time....when will this homophobia stop....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Dec 7, 2012 6:56:48 PM


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