The stuff you say makes people think it’s okay to bully kids who are gay or transgender or different in any way.
I teared up just from these few lines last night, and it was clear that Adam may have finally broken through to Becky.
It’s amazing to see how much Adam has grown through the past three seasons. He started as this scared boy, hiding the fact that he was trans from everyone, wearing ridiculous amounts of layers of baggy clothes and hats to conceal his body. Now he walks around school in tighter fitting clothes, proudly displaying an LGBT pin on his backpack, and is open and honest about being trans, going so far as to confront and defend himself to people that treat him wrong. If there’s any character that’s had amazing development on Degrassi, it’s him.
Just finished tonight’s episode:
- Ricardo Hoyos is just too damn adorable. It’s great to see him have some material as Zig finally, and seeing that he’s a pretty good actor. What I don’t totally get is if his mom owns a store, even if it’s a little rinky-dink convenience store, how is he as poor as they’re trying to portray him to be? They’re acting as if the poor boy is homeless, having to take clothes from lost and found because he can’t afford anything in the world. And $35 for dinner for two plus desert, at a steakhouse?! Are Canadian meals that cheap?
- Fiona’s back! And with the uniforms gone, we get to see her rock her awesome style again, including her affinity for oversized beanie hats! Dallas is an ass YET AGAIN, and as I alluded to before, it’s another issue over something LGBT-related with him doubting her sexuality. Of course, this is also leading into a similar issue that I’m sure Fiona’s going to bring up with Imogen in the next part, as it seems someone’s not too comfortable with PDA…
- Marisol was all over this episode, wasn’t she? She’s heading Student Council with Katie
in a mental institutionon suspension, but why is she all buddy-buddy with Fiona all of a sudden? Last I recall, they hated each other. I guess all it took was the Frostival to be successful and for Fiona to go back to her natural hair style and now they’re friends. Then we saw that she’s still working at Little Miss Steaks, and in the preview for tomorrow’s episode, giving poor Zig an ultimatum to pay up for his dine and ditch meal. I’m beginning to like her now; she’s still being sassy, without being an outright bitch. Speaking of bitches…
- BECKY FUCKING BAKER. She wasn’t in this episode more than three minutes, and I wanted to strangle her. Purposely planting seeds in Dave’s head to get him even more worried about playing gay in the musical? She’s absolutely vile, and I want to strangle her. You wanna be involved in production? Suck it up and be the producer, not a homophobic, bigoted saboteur.
- Dave… I really liked his role in this episode. First finding out about the Romeo and Jules things a few months ago, I was curious as to how they’d portray Dave as acting in the lead role opposite Tristan and playing gay. I think it was pretty realistic, and true to Dave’s character to this point. Like his episodes with Adam and dealing with transgender issues, Dave is a bit ignorant to what’s going on and how to act at first, but not out of hate. He’s just truly doubtful as to what he should be doing. His flamboyant gay portrayal with Tristan and Eli was hilarious.
- Finally, a small complaint: This isn’t Glee! There was too much music going on in this episode! From the musical rehearsals, featuring the voices of not Jahmil French and Lyle O’Donohue, to the WhisperHug rehearsals of the cheesiest song ever, it was a bit much. Unfortunately, the band’s gonna be around even through the second half of the season, and I’m assuming that the musical will be at the end of the summer block, so there’s gonna be as much music going on as there’s going to be an abundance of homophobia from the Ice Hounds and Becky. -_-
I’m not even gonna touch on Alli’s “pregnancy” scare, because I’m sure that shit’s fake…
But there’s tons of gay stuff going on this season, isn’t there? With Tristan, Fiona, Imogen, and Adam, Degrassi’s got LGBT down to the letter, literally. Now we’ve got the Romeo and Jules play, which is hilarious…but now is part of the main arc this season going to be homophobia gone wild? We’ve already got the homophobic asshole Baker twins, and then the entire hockey team is a bunch moronic jerks, what with Dallas already making a crack at Adam and now accusing Campbell of being gay. Then there were those leaked episode synopses that were on TeenNick’s site before season 11.5 started that talked about homophobic slander in the school, and Snake assembling a team of students to try find out who’s doing it.
Clearly, Degrassi’s tackling homophobia a grand scale for the first time. We’ve had Marco’s gay bashing and heckling from his father, then Riley’s internalized homophobia and feuding with Owen, but Degrassi’s never had outright anti-gay bigots in its halls before this. It’ll be interesting to see how far things go, and who will end up on what side of the…showdown. -_-
My Body is a Cage is on… Ugh, the emotions, my heart…
Chaz Bono’s making a cameo on Degrassi! Obviously there must be some sort of interaction between him and Adam…
Also, he’s emceeing a battle of the bands, Maya finally gets that band she wanted together. I’m liking the mix of characters in this too: Zig, Imogen, Adam, Mo, and Maya? Aside from Zig and Maya, and the one scene where Imogen meets Adam with the tampons in her nose, I don’t think any of those characters have ever had scenes together! I hope this is a sign of more cast integration this season!
Trans bombshell Carmen Carrera, best known as the fourth runner-up of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3, is asking TLC’s Cake Boss to apologize after her appearance on last night’s episode.
So, Carmen knew full well that this whole appearance was meant to be a “Surprise, she’s a transwoman!” joke, and she’s upset for them making a big deal about her being formerly male (or as she says, she’s upset that they label her as currently male, she would’ve been okay if only they said that she USED to be male)? While the treatment and concept of this entire “joke” is transphobic, sickening, and offensive, Carmen should be held somewhat accountable for being irresponsible enough to agree to being a part of this in the first place!
I just want to make clear that I obviously do not agree with how she was treated in this. I’m just appalled to find out that she knew what the point of her appearance was in the first place, and still agreed to taking part without assuming that a cheesy reality show wouldn’t portray her in such a way. I had heard about this whole mess thinking that she was duped into everything, but apparently that’s not the case.
Also, to finish my Degrassi ranting…
My sister and I were watching during the Fimogen kiss, and my idiot stepsister walks by. My sister (mind you, she’s 10, but she knows I’m gay, I assume she’s not hateful to the gay thing as I’ve explained things to her before) points to the screen and says, “See? Bad influence!” I immediately turn to her and say “What the hell is that supposed to mean?!”
The other bitch, who is 23, says, “Oh, she just means because I don’t like that show, it’s a bad influence to kids.” Is she fucking stupid? She thinks the show is teaching bad things to kids apparently, as my sister brought up My Body is a Cage, and I explained to her Adam’s situation being transgender, and she said that that episode would teach kids to burn themselves. I told her that wasn’t the point, the show was made to explain to people that don’t know what being transgender means and also shows how LGBT kids self-harm because they have no other outlet for their pain, depression, etc. I think she got it.
Now I just need to focus on getting her away from our stepsister, because she’s clearly the bad influence. -_-
While reading my Sociology of Sexuality textbook, I come across the name of a transman…
His name is Eli Clare. I lol’ed.
A transwoman kicks some guy’s ass for calling her a man in an NYC subway. Lesson learned!
Happy National Coming Out Day! Good luck to anyone coming out to family, friends, coworkers, or anyone else; and congratulations to everyone else that is already out and proud! Make a difference today! ♥
For the people that wanted to know who said the thing about Dave getting beat up by a girl:
There you go.
Cry Me a River vs My Body is a Cage
My Body is a Cage was awesome, as it introduced Adam, and clearly showed what he’s gone through and helped to explain some of the basics of transitioning for viewers that know nothing about trans issues. I think it was a better episode overall compared to yesterday/tonight’s episodes, but Cry Me a River was really good in the fact that it told Adam’s story through the eyes of another character. We’ve never had that before with previous LGBT-related storylines, it’s always been just through Marco, Riley, Alex, or Fiona’s eyes (actually, now that I think about it, Man With Two Hearts was really about Peter dealing with Riley kissing him, haha). Still, even though we ALL hated Dave for the things he said and did, like a lot of people pointed out, it was VERY realistic. Dave may not have been totally hateful, but he was most definitely ignorant about the issues. Some people really think the same way he did, that transpeople are merely dressing in the opposite gender (disregarding gender nonbinary theory for the sake of simplicity right now, forgive me, fellow LGBT peeps!). I think that this episode will really do a lot of good in laying things out in a less intense and easier to understand way than MBiaC may have.
Someone on Tumblr said Dave got beat up by a girl…
Seriously? Did you learn NOTHING from watching this episode?