Originally published on Advocate.com May 28 2004 12:00 AM ET
The Fox television network announced Thursday that it would not be airing the reality show Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay, which was to have featured two heterosexual men immersing themselves in the "gay lifestyle" and competing for cash prizes based on mastering a series of challenges. In a statement, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation executive director Joan Garry said, "Fox deserves a lot of credit for doing the right thing here." They offered us an advance copy of the show and were incredibly responsive to our grave concerns. They worked with us to schedule a meeting and preempted that meeting with a decision to shelve the show." The program ruffled feathers with both its content and an early press release from Fox saying that the show dealt with "a heterosexual male's worst nightmare: turning gay overnight" and that the contestants would be judged by a "jury of their queers." The producers of the show, who created the Bachelor parody My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, maintain that the intent of Seriously, Dude was purely satirical.