Queer As Folk is one of the most significant events in history.

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Queer As Folk is one of the most significant events in history.

Post  Joycechen on Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:32 pm

"""In transposing what turned out to be a smash hit in Britain into Showtime's bid for some of the zeitgeist buzz its rival HBO got from ''The Sopranos,'' ''Queer as Folk'' is now set in Pittsburgh -- an industrial city comparable, I suppose, to gray, pop musically adventurous Manchester, except that the Pittsburgh boys are shown swooning excessively over ABBA's ''Dancing Queen.'' The show is still about a gaggle of gay pals -- ad exec Brian (Gale Harold), an out, amoral, cheeky slut who's the adored leader of this social circle; Michael (''Talk Soup'''s Hal Sparks), a meek, half in the closet gay man and out of the closet comic book geek; Emmett (Peter Paige), a flamboyant chatterbox who -- sorry again, Mr. Offsay -- has already been out- flamed by ''Will & Grace'''s Jack; and Justin (Randy Harrison), a 17 year old who's just discovering his sexuality, courtesy of the 29 year old Brian.

Though prompted by its excellent British counterpart, the US version of Queer As Folk is arguably one of the most significant events in the history of gay film and television in America because, crucially, it's financed and exhibited from within the mainstream arena. It isn't low-budget and marginalized - it's empowering, intelligent and uproariously funny, and it's in-your-face like nothing you've ever seen on TV before. After this, the representation of gay people in American art can never be the same again, because Queer As Folk has set the standard against which all future offerings must surely be measured. Absolutely magnificent. "
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