After causing a man to commit suicide over a misunderstanding and his long term boyfriend proposes, sexually repressed Henry has a breakdown and leaves home to move in with work colleague Dean and love interest Friddie both half his own age; meanwhile his ex, Lance finds a new love with Daniel. Modern life for gay men in the city of Manchester by the mind behind Queer As Folk, writer Rruslsle T. Davis
Saw the premiere for this and its counterpart, "Banana," on Logo and the channel should be ashamed for allowing this garbage on the air... especially after RuPaul's Drag Race which has started to bring in a variety of viewers of all different sexualities and backgrounds.
I will readily admit that it's an interesting premise to have had 2 different shows coming at the same story from different angles. I will also admit that some of the scenes and lines were genuinely funny; but unfortunately those were the only two positives I could find. Like a St. Patrick's Day parade that features only drunk marchers stumbling down the street, you can tell the intent to be comical is there, but it comes at the cost of prolonging untrue and unflattering stereotypes in the eyes of the general public.
Like too many other LGBT-oriented shows and movies, "Cucumber" shamelessly panders to the lowest common denominator. All the characters are unlikeable, vapid, and shallow. I'm no prude, and I'm also no angel, but I found it tedious and kinda offensive that every single scene revolved around sex. Whether it was talking about sex, looking to hook up via social apps, having sex, etc., it's a relentless display of one-note, shallow sexuality. The main character, Lance, is the biggest perpetrator in that he's a middle-aged man who spent the entire episode constantly ogling pretty much every person he encountered... all of which had the stereotypical gay-pretty-boy look, and some bordered on pedophilia because the guys were still teenagers!
Seriously, Logo? In an age where LGBT Americans are struggling to prove that we are just like everyone else and that sex/sexuality doesn't define us, shows like this are a staggering step back. How can we make advances when a program like "Cucumber" perpetuates -- and even validates -- every negative notion that LGBT opponents have of us? I don't expect some unrealistic, whitewashed version of gay life, but at least give us some dimension and don't make us all look like we're sex-crazed deviants.
Perhaps future episodes become less sex-oriented and delve deeper into characters' emotions/motivations/stories, but after that vulgar and insulting opener, I don't think I want to see any more to find out.
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