Review & Full Episode of MTV’s True Life: Secrets, Lies & Sex
As I watched MTV’s True Life: Secrets, Lies & Sex (view full episode below), I had to frequently question what was real, staged or scripted.Since news and a trailer about the show have been out for a couple of weeks now, the internet (including gossip blogs and facebook) has put these two young men under a microscope. Some have stated like most of all Reality TV, this episode of “True Life” is really staged or partially fake.This particular episode (which should be titled “Gay Secrets, Lies & Sex”) features Coke and TaRodd who are both in their early twenties and consider themselves DL. Yes sadly it doesn’t seem like this angle will never go away in all forms of gay media. TaRodd states he is the owner of Badboys Club Entertainment, which is basically a party promoter and Coke is the MC of these parties. They view themselves as “local celebrities” and “are known all over town” as they put it. I do respect the entrepreneurial spirit and attitude of being a business owner but something about this episode seemed like “seeking attention” for validation and using the “DL shhh don’t tell no-body” topic for promotional purposes.
So how at some point, (especially within the local black community) word would have not gotten back to the “girlfriends” of these local celebrities that not only they may be gay but also cheating with both men and women? I can understand the adults or parents in their lives who may be technically challenged and not into the internet, facebook or YouTube not knowing but not the young girlfriends? We are to believe that over the years no one ever pointed out the YouTube videos or the facebook pages with pictures to the girlfriends…really?
Hmmm…It seems to me like this is a case of wanting to be fabulous and famous gay black celebrities and MTV saw an opportunity for a somewhat real life scripted new episode for their series. At any rate, I am sure there are some nuggets of truth in there but I had to adjust my mindset to not fully embrace this as “real life” but as another black gay web series in the guise of a reality show. Interesting idea to say the least.
Yes, I know there are plenty of twenty-somethings in the black gay community who have a certain mindset which is seen in these young men but what about those black gay men and women who don’t?
There are plenty of us who are not borderline hood, in the gay scene and plenty of us who have transcended environments and come out of the gay lifestyle but that doesn’t mean we are problem and issue free. Where is positive motivational messages and imagery for these type gays of color?
In this one episode you witness; men cheating on both men and women, child molestation being the excuse for bisexuality, gay domestic violence, the devastated baby mama who was lied to and betrayed by the cheating black man. Absent black incarcerated fathers, out of wedlock birth and not to mention enough tattoos to feel a professional NBA basketball team.
You can view Secrets, Lies & Sex in its entirety below. Feel free to let us know what you think of the review and episode.
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