The A-List, Not Out To Make The Gays Look Good…
Even before LOGO’s A-List: New York premiered in October, some of you made very clear you didn’t want a show like this on television. But then it aired, and some of your minds changed; many of them didn’t. But even before going into production, A-List’s producers knew there’d be plenty of push back from The Gays. And they had no intention of showing the best side of gay men, anyhow.
A few weeks into the show’s debut, cast member Reichen Lehmkuhl relayed, “If you think we’re a bad representation of the gay community, it’s like, every gay person knows … we all know the way these seven guys, including myself, act on the show are an accurate representation of the way a lot of gay people act.” It sounds just like what producers are saying now.
Dominick Pupa (pictured center, between Derek and Reichen), the show’s executive director and a producer behind hit-or-miss reality shows like The Real Housewives of New York City and The Cougar, tells Edge he “knew people would hate it without watching it. … People would have wanted to see the ideal, but that’s not necessarily an accurate portrayal of gay people. I felt a responsibility to show real gay people – and not the ideal. What people consider the ideal of any community (be it gay or straight) is one-half of one percent of the population. But the show is not about the gay community – it’s about six gay guys that live in New York.” deets here