In a shocking twist, being gay, gayness, gay as in happy, gay as in "gray" as spoken by someone with a speech impediment and gaymosexuality weren't mentioned in this week's episode of The Real World. At least, not explicitly. Implicitly is a different matter.
I feel like I was born to make gifs of this guy. Move over, Tyra -- there's a new muse in town!
So, here's where we come to the downside of a cast of mostly motivated young people who mostly invest themselves in getting along: the results can be kind of boring. The last half of this episode was a total chore to slog through (especially during the repeat viewing required for screen grabs and such). So I'm not gonna go too far into Katelynn's weird non-date with that guy who had to have known she was trans because come on. I also won't go into the possibility of her being a broom.
Although that would explain why she's so good at leaning against walls!
I do love, though, that they're fleshing out her character. My favorite prosocial bit of editing/highlighting of this episode was the portrayal of Katelynn's rather free sexuality.
I feel like a lesser show (or maybe just one airing in less enlightened times) would choose to portray Katelynn as a prisoner of her gender identity; instead, she seems to be a beneficiary of it. From the looks of it, her necessary introspection has helped her figure out exactly what she likes (that'd be everything) and how she's going to get it. I can't think of any greater pop-cultural example of a transgender woman being allowed to be the normal sexual being that she is. Pretty awesome.
Although, what the fuck is this relationship she has where she can't talk about the way she feels? Uh, as someone who had to place greater stock in what her gut was telling her than what her body was presenting, I can't imagine that situation remaining tolerable for much longer. Her identity sort of depends on expressing the way she feels, you know?
Shockingly, that's not Ryan's reaction to Katelynn or anything I just wrote (this show as filmed way before I could recap it -- true fact!). It's his reaction to Baya. Even though it was in response to her dancing up on Chet, it would have been appropriate for any number of Baya-centered situations throughout this episode. Ladies and gentlemen or however you think of yourself, I give you the united states of Baya...
I call the move above the videohoe. She did it after expressing her desire to dance in music videos. There are other moves part of a much greater dance, but you can't show them on TV. "Dance."
Here she totally reminds me of the Count on Sesame Street.
Did you know there are eight roommates, by the way? I was reminded of this fact when Katelynn was talking to her emotionally closed-off boyfriend. It's really endlessly interesting. Just think about it. As yourself, "Eight, huh?" Eight. Take a breath, ponder. It's the gift that keeps on giving as far as numerical facts go.
Oh, and I love Baya's desire to be a DJ.
I mean, what a story. Girl comes to New York and wants to be a D.J. She really needs to make that happen quickly before someone else has the same idea!
After all, in her words, everyone's a little charming when they play music. Especially Ryan.
Sometimes he looks like Ellen DeGeneres and sometimes he sings about the same things as Ani DiFranco. Things like tampons, for example. All I'm saying is he has "lesbian icon" written all over him.
You know? Also, in most other situations I'd bitch about his repetitiveness ("I served in Iraq...and wrote a song!" "I wrote a song...about Iraq!" "Your voice is like Iraq to my ears." "Let's play Iraqical chairs!"), except not this one because by serving in that fucking war, he's earned his angle. Seriously, exploit that shit as much as you can.
Erotica! Bromance! Sexiest moment of the season so far, y/y?
And how about that aborted flirtation with Baya thing? Getting sexual with Baya is the new auditioning for the Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory, in that it is in pursuit of an end that you think you want, but midway decide, "Hey, I'm on a show -- why put all my eggs in one basket or conservatory or vagina, as it were?"
At least, that's the official story. When the cameras aren't around, it's the horizontal Cabbage Patch 24/7.
And maybe a little of that, too.
And oh, I really hope that Ryan just keeps the music thing as a hobby. He's cute and sweet and I like when his legs are open and all, but I'm not sure if he's got much of a future with his samey songs. But, you know, go ahead and prove me wrong. Make me a liar...liar...liarrrrrrr!!!
At least, everything's still up in the air for Ryan and Baya. That's more than can be said for Devyn, who saw a chapter close in her Real World existence. And I'm not talking about the book Why Men Love Bitches.
No, it's her potential relationship with Scott that seems to have reached its end, though I can see how she got all confused about that, what with him slapping her with a chicken cutlet and all.
That chicken is so sexual.
But maybe if she weren't such a cheeseball, she would have had a fighting chance. Her BFFometer?
BFFin' embarrassing. And gross. So gross, I think I'm going to throw up. Hmmm, let me consult my Vomitometer.
I really need to get on the porcelain to drink more pineapple juice.
What else? What else? Despite seeming to have been jizzed on at one point...
...Chet was remarkably less gay this episode, both in affect (he flirted with a girl and everything and maybe made it sound like as a model she was in his league, which, HA!) and appearance.
Here, Chet, have a ReReHat:
I know it's already played out to Photoshop that on someone, but he was so bare-bones on this historic week that it seems rather fateful.
Next week, it looks like Sarah will get a shocking call from her past!
Of course, it's fielded by the second in line for the post of the Commander in Empathy, JD. It'll be interesting to see Sara defined not as a supporter/enabler of her castmates, but as an actual person. In the brief preview, we hear her say, "I did not think that this would be something I would have to deal with here." How much you wanna bet that her stalker is a bottle of Cepacol?
She may not want to face it, but god knows she needs it.