"Fuck yo Miata with a strap-on, lil bitch. We gettin' a Escalade."I recently did a post on the extremely adorable Indian-American actor Maulik Pancholy, whom I noticed while watching Showtime's Weeds. While I get why that show is the way it is and the point the writers are trying to make, I took issue with a couple of things.
On the show, Maulik plays Sanjay, an out and proud young gay man. Which is awesome, considering the East Indian attitude towards gay men. Problem is, when Maulik initially comes out, he's met with excessive denial from other people, and one, a gangsta named U-Turn, orders a hoodrat named Clinique (Julanne Chidi Hill) to "fuck the gay out of him." Clinique and Sanjay comply, and Clinique ends up pregnant. And though Sanjay's homosexuality is more than confirmed at this point, Sanjay proposes to Clinique. They end up getting married and moving in together, raising their son as - like it or not - a Blasian couple, in which Clinique is verbally abusive and thoroughly emasculating towards her husband.
When the show's main character visits the couple and sees their baby for the first time, she remarks about his size. Sanjay explains, "Giantism runs in Clinique's family," to which the lead character replies, "Of course it does."
|Maulik Pancholy & Julanne Chidi Hill as "Sanjay" & "Clinique"|
Furthermore, the writers appeared to take great delight in making Clinique as masculine, hood, and overall unattractive as possible, supposedly for the sake of "comedy". Roll your eyes if you've already heard that one. Mind you, Julanne as an actress is no joke. From her website:
Still waters run deep with Julanne Chidi Hill. This gifted artist grew up in a place described as somewhere between the wilderness and the city. A graduate of the prestigious SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film and classically trained at Oxford University where she studied extensively with John Barton (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Katie Mitchell (Royal National Theater), Julanne has a unique versatility that has allowed her career to blossom in television, theatre, and film.And as I mentioned in my post on Maulik, the man is also a highly educated and trained actor. So why oh why were these two on Weeds? Was the money that good?