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04/19/2007


Desperate Housewives Has Some Gay Work Done

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Last night's episode of Desperate Housewives finished up with a big gay twist and a promise of more to come. Find out what's in the offing for Andrew van de Kamp, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gale Harold Caught by Cameraphone of Gazing Gays

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Took me a while to dig up this clip, but last Sunday's Desperate Housewives premiere featured this brief, spot-on bit.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The "Gay Math" of Desperate Housewives [[SPOILERS]]

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According to Desperate Housewives' "gay math" the guy on the left above is a 3 out of 10. Harsh.

What does that make creator Marc Cherry?

The final episode filmed before the writer's strike aired last night. In it, Bree attempted to pimp out Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) by coercing him with a flat screen television to cock-tease her contractor so he would repair her home which was damaged by the recent tornado.

Said Tuc Watkins, who plays one half of Wisteria Lane's gay couple, when the series began: "Marc should be applauded for creating gay characters who aren't issue-oriented. A lot of the time, gay characters are known through issues — coming out or health problems. There are a few cliché gay jokes on Desperate Housewives. But Bob and Lee aren't stereotypical. They have horrible taste. They have a sense of humor. They're a little mean. They're certainly not PC."

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Actor Shawn Pyfrom on Playing Gay

Actor Shawn Pyfrom gives a lengthy interview to Starpulse in which he discusses playing Andrew van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives:

Shawn_pyfrom"I think the Van de Camps are loosely based on producer Marc Cherry's family life, although I don't know if his real mother was a strict as Bree. I can't imagine that there are too many people in the world like that. It is always interesting to watch Andrew and Bree go at each other's throats. She believes something so different and he does everything to make sure to cause her stress. It seems like they are already on [the path of acceptance]. Andrew and Bree have resolved their issues, as when he apologized for the way he used to act. He is beginning to mature now and has forgiven his mother for leaving him on the side of the road...[That was wicked] but it was so awesome to shoot. But I think he is now on a path towards becoming an adult. I think it's necessary because the character is 20 now. Andrew still has his manipulating ways, he just approaches it more maturely...The good thing about Andrew is that in Season 1 and 2 as a gay character, he was very strong and confident as to who he was. I think that could be encouraging for other young homosexuals to become more confident and comfortable with who they are. A lot of times gay characters can be portrayed as the flamboyant and weak stereotype. Andrew is sociopathic and narcissistic and doesn't get along with his mother, and he is also gay. Your sexual preferences doesn't define you as a person. I'm heterosexual but that doesn't define me as a person. No one would say, 'Oh, he likes to have sex with girls,' so why should it be the other way around?"

I'm not sure that being sociopathic and narcissistic are the attributes gay people want associated with them either, but I'll assume he was simply elaborating on the earlier "strong and confident" statement.

On being stereotyped by playing a gay character, Pyfrom says: "I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little worried, but honestly I think we are at a point now with television and movies where people can watch something and not stereotype the actor playing that character. I think if I had played a gay character 10 years ago then I would probably have something to worry about. I think people are a little bit more open-minded now. I think that the only time people stereotype is when the actor acts out in public. They go around parading things out to the media and then that is all people see when they are watching them on the screen. That's one reason that I don't do that. "


Desperate Housewives Takes on Circumcision

Bite that egg roll, Bree.


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