So, I watched this with my sister tonight, and I gotta say, some things surprised me.
First of all, I wasn't really sure what to expect of this show, but it was good to see two people who were relatively normal versions of their respective groups brought together. Instead of doing the sensationalist version that would have had a "F*g hater" living with well... someone like Carson from Queer Eye... they went for two relatively normal people...
I gotta say, a few things really kinda struck me weird.
First of all, that gay priest/minister/whatever... was kind of a pain in the arse. Admittedly, she had some good points... but, her lectures came off a little hypocritical. She could lecture him about not killing... but she's committing a sin according to the Bible too... it was like the blind leading the blind.
Second, what the hell was with that guy in the gay bar who comes up and just antagonized Ryan? God damn, could you be a more pissy gay? No wonder straight people might be afraid of gays when some of you act like that, ya retard. I can understand why some gays would be hostile... but you would think that some kind of logic would insue that by being hostile, you're not helping.
Third, the anti-gay protestors... wow. I could write a list several pages long on what was wrong with so many of them.
"I'm in love with a man.... and his name is Jesus Christ! And his blood is NOT HIV positive." (Wow, isn't that some kind of blasphemy to admit you had a homosexual relationship with Christ? I mean... really... that seems kinda weird to start off with something like that... and well of course he didn't have HIV... the virus didn't even come about till nearly 2,000 years after he was born... that WOULD have been a neat trick though.)
Even worse was the Civil Rights lawyer. Oh my god, this guy is spreading so much hate and malice into all of his grandkids... it was like seeing a baby at a KKK rally, it really just knocked the wind out of me. Between the signs like "AIDS CURES FAGS" or "FAGS DIE GOD LAUGHS", and just some of the things he was saying... it was just... damn. I mean, how far gone do you have to be to focus entirely on two passages where the bible says homosexuality is wrong while TOTALLY ignoring the entire book's message of loving each other?
I gotta say though, seeing Ryan go to both the gay version of the VFW and to the PFLAG meetings showed a lot of courage and open-mindedness on his part. As someone who supports equal rights for gays, I CAN see the possible problems of having an openly gay person in the Army. While they may be damn good soldiers, the negative effects they may have on other soldiers does sort of cause a problem too.
But, I was glad to see that eventually Ryan did come around to a more accepting attitude. I gotta say, that I was a bit surprised he did at that particular point, really... I mean, I was pretty twisted emotionally by the one guy's story about how he was out on the streets at age 12 because his religious mother kicked him out... but I suppose an emotional appeal from someone who wasn't gay was probably the easiest way for him to come around.
Damn, I gotta say, this show was pretty decent. I can't wait till next week. Heh, the idea of two gadget/electronic junkies living in the Apalachia is just too entertaining for words.
EDIT: As per Certis' request, I moved the topic... but made a copy leftover in Everything Else, and when trying to get rid of THAT, I destroyed both? I dunno... so now it's here... hopefully to stay?