WATCH: LGBT People in The Newsroom
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
June 28 2012 5:21 PM ET
Every entertainment media pundit, in Los Angeles at least, seems to have weighed in this week on Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series, The Newsroom, but until yesterday few brought up the LGBT links to the series. Legendary lesbian journalist Karen Ocamb, who once clerked on the Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather evening news shows, wrote yesterday on her Frontiers blog, LGBT | POV, of her love of the show, which is produced by Alan Poul, the gay man who also produced groundbreaking series with LGBT characters — such as Tales of the City and My So-called Life — and was given Outfest's Legacy Award in 2009. Poul has also worked on numerous projects with gay characters or themes in various capacities from Six Feet Under to Swingtown, it's not unrealistic to hope for these to come up in The Newsroom.
Like a lot of gay viewers, Ocamb writes supportively of the show, worrying about Poul's gay input, and like many savvy viewers noted subtle nods to the LGBT world: "In the last scene between [anchor Will] McAvoy and his ex-girlfriend and new executive producer… the TV news report playing in the background was about GetEqual chaining themselves to the White House fence to protest Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I could see Dan Choi clearly. I had totally forgotten that the day the news first broke about BP – April 20, 2010 – was the same day of the GetEqual protest. Now let’s remember – this is a dramatic, scripted show: that piece playing in the background was put there! Hell, they may have even produced that background TV news spot themselves because I caught a repeated shot of a close up of the hands bound on the fence that any TV news producer with plenty of footage would not have allowed. I felt like a kid finding the first colored egg during a competitive Easter Egg hunt. Alan Poul left that for us to discover. We’re there, we’re in the background. We’re part of the news. It’s just BP was bigger this day. Subtle, but very smart."
Watch the entire first episode on YouTube and see if you agree.
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