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The Gay Women Channel Parodies ‘First Kiss’ in a Brilliant Way

Ever since First Kiss – the short film by Tatia Pilieva and Melissa Coker that featured twenty strangers kissing – debuted last week, it not only went instantly viral, but also inspired a string of parodies. One such filmic parody has already garnered nearly 170,000 views in just two days, and it features an array of homophobic people being asked to hug a gay or lesbian stranger. First Gay Hug (A Homophobic Experiment) was created by The Gay Women Channel, and it’s just excellent.

As the film begins, the words “We asked 15 homophobic people to hug gay strangers,” roll across the screen. What comes next are three minutes of intermittently frustrating, overwhelmingly endearing interactions between gay and straight, homophobic strangers. Taking cues from First Kiss, First Gay Hug shows the initial introduction of each of the pairs, in which gay stereotypes are dispelled or challenged, and wherein the strangers ultimately find a way to relate to one another.first gay hug

In one instance, the person behind the camera asks two of the women, “So which one of you is gay?” to which the straight woman holds up her hands as if to say, “How you could you think I was gay? Do I look gay?” Another clip of two different women reveals misconceptions about lesbians as the straight woman says, “You’re so pretty to be gay.” The gay woman laughs politely, but this moment is very illuminating into the delusions that many people have about gays and lesbians.

The Gay Women Channel, a YouTube channel that makes videos about lesbian experiences says, “The only thing better than women, are gay ones.” We think that the only thing nearly as great as gay women is a platform to discuss LGBT issues, homophobia, lesbian experiences, and much more, like The Gay Women Channel has created. It’s so important to spark conversations and create visibility through wide-reaching, artistic outlets, and for this we applaud them.

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6 Responses to “The Gay Women Channel Parodies ‘First Kiss’ in a Brilliant Way”

  1. On March 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm Sophia responded with... #

    Loved the video and I adore The Gay Women Channel and all of their social media pages.

    • On March 20, 2014 at 9:43 am admin responded with... #

      Sophia,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment! We also love The Gay Women Channel and think that “First Gay Hug” is by far the best parody of “First Kiss” out there!

  2. On March 20, 2014 at 8:09 am Vic responded with... #

    This brought tears to my eyes.
    A few simple hugs work such wonders!
    If anything ever demonstrated my claim to my children and grandchildren that “People are just people.”, THIS video does it.

    • On March 20, 2014 at 9:42 am admin responded with... #

      Vic,

      Absolutely! This video is short but immensely powerful. It’s really inspiring to see stereotypes dispelled right before your eyes. Thanks for taking the time to comment and watch the video!

  3. On March 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm Carrie J responded with... #

    See, I felt it had a bad message. The video seemed to portray an element of pride when the homophobes said things like “You’re so pretty to be gay”, “You’re kind of cute, that doesn’t hurt” or that it’s easy to identify a gay person because they’re “gorgeous”. As pleasant as it may sound, they’re really back-handed compliments, which basically say that its more acceptable to be gay, as long as you’re attractive.

    So, great, they let some homophobes insult and offend some gay people for 3 minutes, before making them hug(?). The struggle for equality is over, because some homophobes reluctantly hugged some homosexuals.

    This wouldn’t have bothered me, if I hadn’t seen it latched on to by many as a sign of progress, when really, none of the homophobes seemed to have learnt from the experience, but lets be honest, what was hugging really expected to achieve.

    • On March 25, 2014 at 9:00 am admin responded with... #

      Carrie J,
      Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about the video. I think that the point you made about the backhanded compliments is particularly important in regards to the internalized stereotypes homophobic people have about LGBTs.

      I definitely agree that most of the video evoked an uncomfortable feeling – you could really feel the tension between the strangers. That said, I personally think it was less designed to change the minds of the homophobes, and more to reveal the fact that these attitudes about LGBTs still exist. (i.e. gays and lesbians aren’t attractive, right?). Most folks who watched it know that a mere hug between strangers is in no way a trade-off for the ill treatment that the LGBT community has received from the heterosexual, cis-gender community throughout history. However, the video did open up a dialogue about modern day homophobia, stereotypes, and how there is still a long way to go before universal equality is achieved.

      Again, thank you for your insightful, honest comment about the video. It’s so important to be critical of things that are so quickly deemed “progressive,” even when they are well-intentioned.

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