Posted by: nastypen | July 22, 2008

Gays are Aspirational, Too!

Fab alert, dears! A friend of mine sent this link and I almost died in gayness heaven. It’s a movie entitled The Thank You Girls.

For the beauty pageant freak, to be called a Thank You Girl, it’s a sprinkling label otherwise known as “Loser.” Our dismal performance at the Miss Universe have relegated our “beauties” into mere smiling creatures that guide Donald Trump to his table. Here’s what the filmmakers have to say:

The ‘Thank You’ Girls” is a Visayan film with a gay lingo twist.

Tired of losing in all the beauty competitions in Davao City, five dysfunctional gay beauty pageant veterans decide to travel north to Cagayan de Oro City, in the island of Mindanao.

Their mission: to conquer the grandest competition of beauty, personality
and brains in the whole province.

They believe that being city dwellers, gays in the province will never
stand a chance against them.

When I saw the trailer. I thought gays in a road trip into the great “unknown.” Reminds me of the classic Priscilla Queen of the Desert. There’s even a shot atop the jeepney which aped the iconic scene with Guy Pierce fabulously lipsynching operatic trills as a silver trail billowed in the desert wind. Homage? Perhaps. But it is not exactly a copy because of the concept of beauty pageants. Drag shows are a spectacle of measured campiness, yes, but beauty pageants, especially Gay beauty pageants, are an exercise of suspension of good taste. I love the question and answer part because it should showcase the gravitas of wit and humor several gay people wear like a badge.

PLUS, this movie is in Cebuano! Nahala lampornas ang mga bayot, dai! Maginigat igat ning mga gi-atay! Maputlan ta! Enjoy and scream……


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