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05-28-2006, 11:52 AM
I'm sure I'm probably late in this discovery, but while house-sitting this weekend, I have discovered LOGO, the channel for GLBT! :rainbow:
It was with a satellite system, so I don't think I'd be able to get it at home on regular cable... or am I wrong?
What really surprised me was how the commercials included same-sex couples! There was a car commercial by Subaru, an insurance commercial, a travel agency, and others that all included gay people in their commercials and it was so... wow. I couldn't believe how great it was simply to have a commercial that includes people like me!:weee:
There were several movies with GLBT themes (well.. most of the ones that were on while I watched focused on gay men - is that typical of the channel or just of the time slot I happened to watch?). I'm so glad this exists!
Has anyone else ever watched it? Good or bad review? Reactions, please!
05-28-2006, 09:40 PM
I've watched more hours of it than warranted, really. It was my observation that Logo aired Psycho Beach Party (which I never did watch) WAAAAYYYYY too many times.
Depressing stuff, but the best thing I saw on Logo so far was Paragraph 175 - about the Nazi holocaust, focusing on the experiences of gay men who were taken into the camps. They had actual filmed interviews with about 5 men (mostly upwards of 80 years old) who lived through it - it is intense. If you ever get the chance to watch it, do. Even though it will break your heart.
Otherwise, I find the channel a hodgepodge of stuff - movies are the best (other than the Paragraph 175 thing.) I;m not entertained by the shows about new hot music videos, "gay" travel spots, or the Graham Norton show. But I take it other folk are, or those things wouldn't be on all the time,
Like you, I did a double take at gay-specific TV ads. That was new to me. Ultimately, I'd like to see that once in a while in mainstream media, and no longer have the need for a "gay" channel.
05-29-2006, 07:17 AM
I cried when I finally found that thing. I knew it came out last year but I live in a conservative town and thought they wouldn’t carry it. Then one night by ‘meaningless coincidence' I happened upon it.
That’s one of those things that’s good for my mental health just to know it’s (in your face) there. I know FOF and ilk had a fit when it was first announced. :cool:
I catch a movie every now and then and they’ve got some good music too, the ‘Click List’ I believe it’s called and they played Mellisa Ethridge Live and Alone, that was awesome, I recorded that and I highly recommend it. And they had the gladd awards on there too.
I’ve got it through Comcast Cable, so check your local listings, cuz the times are-a-changin,' (slowly, but there-a-changin'). :rainbow:
05-29-2006, 04:04 PM
I have just seen yet another prescriptive medication commercial....first, it gives all the benefits of the drug protocol, and then in a lower tone and twenty word a second speed, it describes all the contraindications including premature death....Given my current state, I seem to track these commercials more closely....grin....
LOGO, unlike other PPV stations like HERE, was subject to more internal censorship. I have seen many of their gay or gay-themed films on HERE, and know that LOGO has "edited for content" on each and every one of them. Comedians are censored as if they were on any regular or some cable stations when they use normal vulgarisms. LOGO is a programming reality with a PG rating.
Interestingly, LOGO does not advocate for gay rights. There has been no attempt to support the same-sex marriage toehold in MA, and the only marriage programme is a Canadian import....called MY BIG FAT GAY WEDDING at home but is called FIRST COMES LOVE in the States on LOGO. For two months, however, they aired not ONE episode, despite the fact that they tend to repeat their MTV sister company videos every day.
The MOST egregious faux pas was the refusal to air the United Church of Christ adverts. Yes, can you believe that stations from CNN to Hallmark did air the advertisement??? Holy Hypocrisy, Batman !!!
My fear is that those who view LOGO will have some stereotypes reinforced and even celebrated while other, more important voices will be silenced on the altar of compromised expediency.
05-29-2006, 05:48 PM
I was very excited to find Logo on Directv and liked it the first couple of months. I am now however dissapointed with it. And I totally agree that Psycho Beach party is repeated way too much -it was on again today as a matter of fact and I, too, have not watched it nor will I. There are in general too many repeats.What happened to showing some really good movies and documentaries like they did in the beginning I wonder?
05-29-2006, 08:24 PM
Have Comcast and found the Logo channel a while back. At first I was always tuning in - they had some great shows. I wanted to see the one on the Holocaust Zerbie but never could catch it (can't work my present recorder either). They have Coming Out stories which are good, but lately seems all reruns. Also, at first there was a show on gay marriages (there is a similar one on the Life time channel for heteros) but can't find that one anymore. Now and then there are good movies and I like the short films too. Otherwise, it doesn't seem as wonderful a find as it did way back when.
There are a couple other channels I've heard of but either Comcast doesn't carry them or they are extra and I don't subscribe.
05-29-2006, 08:28 PM
Maybe I didn't get a good enough sampling of the channel. I only watched for a short while. It's weird that they would refuse to show the UCC commercials. That really confuses me.
Is this something that we might be interested writing some exploratory letters about? I think I might do some more research about the situation, but I'd like to write them a letter and ask why if they really didn't allow the commercial.
05-29-2006, 08:29 PM
I don't think that's a bad idea Mia. Not sure why they wouldn't air it, except for perhaps the religious aspect or even that the parent company doesn't want to be perceived as supporting UCC??
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