StevenCapsuto

@StevenCapsuto@techhub.social

Author: ALTERNATE CHANNELS: QUEER IMAGES ON 20TH-CENTURY TV. The lead historical consultant for VISIBLE: OUT ON TELEVISION on Apple TV+.

Speaker: Video-illustrated talks about LGBTQ images on U.S. TV in the 1950s-2020s. In my day job, I'm a translator. NYC.

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ComicContext, to random
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StevenCapsuto,

@ComicContext I thought Popeye was more of a Wheatena man.

StevenCapsuto, to queer

TODAY IN QUEER(ISH) TV HISTORY

On early-1960s American TV, the line between "camp" and "gay" was sometimes awfully thin. Here's the great George Rose playing a very campy, queer-coded pirate in a CBS production of TREASURE ISLAND (March 5, 1960). He almost sounds like he's channeling the British camp comedian Kenneth Williams.

Young Jim is played by Richard O'Sullivan, who 13 years later would star as Robin Tripp in the British sitcom MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE (the inspiration for THREE'S COMPANY) and later the sequel ROBIN'S NEST.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHt6jtA0in4

#MediaStudies #queer #gay #LGBTQ #1960sTV #pirate #TreasureIsland

autoerot1ca, to feminism
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It was inevitable that there would be a gender critic who wrote "At least Russell Brand knows what a woman is" but are you sure you really want it to be "someone who gets pestered and forced into sex"?

Gender criticism is no brand of whatsoever.

StevenCapsuto,

@autoerot1ca Here's the thing: "Social constructs of gender are the enemy" was a core value of many of the most prominent forms of feminism for generations and generations. I can think of lots of ways of using that fact as a jumping-off point to promote social change, but pretending that it never happened seems strategically disastrous.

If we lie to people about the stuff that they know because they lived through it, why would they believe us when we then tell them about things they don't already know?

StevenCapsuto,

@autoerot1ca Sally Hines is obviously a recent voice, but a lot of older non-trans-friendly feminists were in the Women's Movement at a time when the movement, like the broader society, took as read that "man" and "woman" referred to types of organisms much as the words "cat" and "tree" do, and when the movement saw sexism as largely being what happens when you pile social constructs and assumptions on top of that biological definition.

When talking with these types of older feminists, I find it more productive to say, "Yes, that was a big part of feminism for a long time, and I understand where it came from and what it was meant to accomplish, and what it sometimes did accomplish, but it doesn't work now and in a lot of ways it didn't work then. And here's why, and here are other directions feminism can go in that serves feminism's broader goals while losing that one narrative," rather than insisting to them that what they lived through and fought for never actually happened.

StevenCapsuto, to television

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

WYNONNA EARP - 7/16/2018, SyFy

Wynonna Earp was a fun, exciting supernatural-horror western series. Season 3 premiered today in 2018. That year, the relationship between Waverly Earp and Nicole Haught (aka "WayHaught") became even more serious and intense. Here's a fan-made compilation of their season 3 kisses.

https://youtu.be/hVz0qWtfGno

StevenCapsuto, to television

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY - 7/15/2003, Bravo

The original QUEER EYE debuted on this date in 2003, with an episode called "Hair Today, Art Tomorrow: Brian S."

StevenCapsuto, to trans

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

DONAHUE - 7/14/1992, Syndicated

This talk show episode looked at how families react when the person they've known as "Dad" comes out as and transitions. Note the privileging of the relatives' experience. (Aired on this date in many cities.)

StevenCapsuto,

@DemocracySpot I have a short summary of this DONAHUE broadcast in my research database but I don't think I ever had a recording of it.

StevenCapsuto, to television

Matt Baume has written an article about his favorite books about queer characters on TV. 🥰

https://shepherd.com/best-books/queer-characters-on-television

StevenCapsuto, to television

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

BROTHERS: Premiere - 7/13/1984, Showtime

Probably the 1st US sitcom with multiple gay central roles. Predictably, this 1984-89 series wasn’t on broadcast TV but on premium cable: on Showtime, which later gave us QUEER AS FOLK and THE L WORD.

It dealt with 3 working-class brothers. The youngest, Cliff, comes out as gay on the day he was supposed to marry a woman. Joe is a retired football player who runs a bar, and Lou is a gruff, comically clueless construction worker. The 2nd gay regular, Donald, is a strong queen, the character who most seems to have his life "together." Rounding out the cast are Joe's daughter, Penny, and a wisecracking employee of Joe's, Kelly.

BROTHERS was first in development around 1980 at ABC, which commissioned a script but not a pilot. Given the realities of 80s TV, an ABC version would have been more inhibited and apologetic. https://youtu.be/F-TifU7910Q

#television #series #gay #queer #LGBTQ #MediaStudies #Showtime #sitcom

StevenCapsuto, to gay

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

THE TRACEY ULLMAN SHOW: "Francesca's Choice" - 7/12/1987, Fox

A few times per season, this 1980s sketch-comedy series would revisit teenaged Francesca and her dads, David and William.
This week, Frannie's teacher wanted her to rewrite her essay-contest entry about family, deleting mentions of her two dads. After much soul-searching and talking it over with her parents, Frannie submitted the original version and wins the contest. At the end, we discover that the judge is queer.

StevenCapsuto, to television

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

NEWS - 7/11/1976, various networks

From today in 1976: Coverage of the gay rights demonstration outside the Democratic National Convention in NYC. Note the "GAYS FOR CARTER" banner and an early reclamation of the pink triangle on a protest sign, set in a black circle like the future ACT UP logo. NBC covered it, and this video might (or might not) be from that network.

At the time, NBC's in-house subject index, which used lots of abbreviations, logged their report as being about a protest by "homos."

https://youtu.be/lkG5o_M23qQ

#television #QueerHistory #LGBTQHistory #queer #LGBTQ

StevenCapsuto, to random

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

FACE THE NATION - 7/8/1984, CBS

"The Feminizing of Society" was the topic on CBS's public-affairs show today in 1984: a discussion of androgyny and changing gender roles, with an appearance by perennial hatemonger Rev. Jerry Falwell and an extensive interview with gender-bending pop music star Boy George.

https://youtu.be/lB0hbh1Us9w

StevenCapsuto, to gay

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

ABC NEWS NIGHTLINE - 7/7/1989, ABC

In the report "What Makes a Family?" (aired today in 1989), Interviewees discussed a New York court ruling that same-sex couples count as a family. In a classic piece of TV news "both-sides-ism," the panel included a bigot from the Family Research Council.

#gay #bi #lesbian #LGBTQ #queer #QueerHistory #LGBTQHistory

StevenCapsuto, to television

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE: "Hyde in Hollywood." - 7/5/1991, PBS

Back when it was rare to see historical depictions of LGBT characters on American TV, PBS aired Peter Parnell's Off-Broadway play about a fictional 1939 clash between a closeted gay Hollywood director and a vicious, fanatical gossip columnist. The production starred Robert Joy, Julie Boyd, and Keith Szarabajka.

(I'm on the road this week and don't have access to my video archives. I'll make a point to post a clip on the anniversary next year. 🙂 )

StevenCapsuto, to gay

The first edition of ALTERNATE CHANNELS came out 23 years ago today, on July 5, 2000. The original publisher was generally great to deal with but insisted on a sensationalist subtitle and left out all the photos I'd found.

A revised 20th-anniversary edition, subtitled "Queer Images on 20th-Century TV," contains about 100 photos from classic TV shows.

StevenCapsuto, to gay

Hung out yesterday in Seattle with queer TV historian extraordinaire Matt Baume, author of the new book HI HONEY, I'M HOMO, an entertaining, well-researched history of queer characters on American sitcoms and TV specials. He's a nice, smart guy who is clearly enthusiastic about his subject matter. Check out Matt's videos on YouTube.

At the coffee shop, he showed me his dog-eared, heavily annotated copy of my own book, Alternate Channels, which was awfully sweet of him.

StevenCapsuto, to television

Exactly one year ago, I was on Lee Gambin's podcast, talking about the history of LGBTQ images on American TV (with a brief detour into Australian television).

Lee's a great, knowledgeable interviewer! 😀

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-conversation-with-steven-capsuto/id1514334340?i=1000568071881

DemocracySpot, (edited ) to random
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🎬 (2003) | 's -ish atty in his doctor's office denies being a cock-fan and having . He threatens Doc with ruin if he doesn't go along. The scene captures ReaganAmerica's response to perfectly.

Denial, omertà, threats.

That intolerance killed my friend Stan. He was a Capitol Hill senior staffer, a Democrat, but felt he had to hide his diagnosis and disease. That stress and pressure killed his immune system, so him.

Prejudice kills in unseen ways.

StevenCapsuto,

@DemocracySpot So.... in the TV adaptation he's not explicitly indentified as Roy Cohn? In the play it's unambiguous.

StevenCapsuto, to LGBTQ

The Stonewall Riots began on today's date, June 28, in 1969. That's why LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated in June.

In 2011, PBS aired an excellent documentary about Stonewall, an uprising that helped expand and transform activism.

Raw footage of 48 interviews conducted for the documentary are streamable through the website of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. https://americanarchive.org/special_collections/stonewall-uprising-interviews

StevenCapsuto, to television

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT - 6/27/1976, ABC

Seven years after Stonewall, ABC News reported that that gay groups were marching in NYC to end discrimination. Also, a report on the push for the Democratic Party support for gay equality: there would be openly gay delegates at the 1976 Democratic National Convention.

#television #gay #Pride #LGBTQ #queer #lesbian #bisexual #70sTV

StevenCapsuto, to queer

It's LGBTQ+ day here in NYC, so Happy Pride!

Also, happy 98th birthday to actor June Lockhart (of LOST IN SPACE fame), who was an ally to the queer community long before that was an "in" thing to be. Here's June gently challenging homophobia on THE VIRGINIA GRAHAM SHOW in 1970. https://youtu.be/Xm2q-F6FdoY

(Hat tip to pioneering gay activist Randy Wicker, who had a reel-to-reel home video recorder in 1970, and kindly lent me his recording of this rare show many years ago.)

StevenCapsuto, to trans

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

POSE - 6/24/2018, FX

In this episode: Early in the AIDS crisis, several characters get tested for HIV. Elektra finally has her surgery, over her boyfriend's objections. Two characters struggle with body-image insecurities. Script written by Janet Mock.

One of the things I love about POSE is that trans women were in the writing room and on the producing team early on. It makes all the difference when a group's stories aren't being told entirely by people outside that group's experience.

Here's the original promo video for the episode: https://youtu.be/UmAqgQRoJ5o

#trans #LGBTQ #JanetMock #Pose #PoseFX #AIDS #HIV #epidemics #drag #gay

StevenCapsuto, to television

TODAY IN QUEER TV HISTORY

THE TOMORROW SHOW - 6/24/1976, NBC

Tom Snyder's late-night talk show marked Pride Week (and the Stonewall Riots' 7th anniversary) by interviewing author/activist Karla Jay and two gay magazine publishers: David Goodstein (then owner of The Advocate) and Don Embinder (publisher of Blueboy).

By the way, if anyone has video of this broadcast and is willing to share, please DM me. 😀

#television #MediaStudies #Pride #Stonewall #gay #lesbian #LGBTQ #queer #TalkShow #TomSnyder #KarlaJay #TheAdvocate

mekkaokereke, to random
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🤯 This year in social media is wild. The latest chapter is no exception. Fascinating data and anecdotes.

Data:

  • Over 430K Fediverse accounts created in the past week. And it's accelerating.

https://mastodon.social/@mastodonusercount/110576430285028932

Anecdotes:
Major communities may be moving soon.

https://kbin.social/m/RedditMigration/t/59559/Removed-as-moderator-of-r-Celebrities-after-14-years

Here's the Fediverse version of "celebrities" with exactly 1 subscriber so far... the person who claimed to be the former moderator of the celebrities sub-reddit.
https://kbin.social/m/celebrities

StevenCapsuto,

@mekkaokereke The irony about all this talk of decentralization being radical and new is that decentralized social media is what many of us started with decades ago: local BBSs connected to echomail forums that were hosted on and propagated through other local instances. Fortunately, the messages no longer take a whole day to propagate.

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