Web Video: Needs More Gay
Hosted by Rantasmo, Needs More Gay
provides a look at LGBT culture and its representation in the media and various subcultures. The series is hosted on Chez Apocalypse
and The Backlot (formerly After Elton), and has recently been added to That Guy with the Glasses
Works/authors/topics discussed by Rantasmo include:
This show provides and discusses examples of:
- Agent Peacock: Top 8 Effeminate Badasses.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe:
- Rantasmo posits that in Superbad, Jonah Hill's character is closeted and actually in love with Michael Cera's character.
- Fight Club can be seen as the story of a gay man who desperately want to be straight who becomes increasingly destructive until he accepts who he really is.
- Armored Closet Gay: Rantastero, who is revealed to be a split personality of Rantasmo, tried to pass as straight for years before accepting he was gay. This is revealed in the Fight Club review, appropriately enough.
- Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: Queerbaiting comes up in the Korra review. He acknowledges that it's a hard topic to cover but concludes that Sherlock isn't doing it (as the creators have made clear the leads have no sexual or romantic attraction to each other), Supernatural is, and Korra is mildly doing it, but it isn't the creators' fault and if anything they should be commended for, for better or worse, going as far as they were permitted.
- Bury Your Gays: Game of Thrones gets a pass on this because that show kills everyone.
- The Cameo:
- Camp: It's about LGBT culture so it comes up.
- Catch Phrase: See the page quote.
- Caustic Critic: Averted. While there are shows, movies, etc. he shows distaste for, Rantasmo is more analytic and snarky than caustic.
- Cure Your Gays: Discussed in "ex gays need more gay".
- Deadpan Snarker: Rantasmo himself.
- Don't Explain the Joke: While poking fun at the not-too-subtle homoerotic subtext in Apt Pupil.
Mr. Denker: "Mein boy, don't you see? Ve are fucking each other"
(cut back to Rantasmo)
Rantasmo (in the loudest whisper possible): Do ya get it?? With their penises!
- Double Standard:
- Pointed out in his "Male Gaze" video: shots of attractive women in various states of undress are often given gratuitous closeups, whether as those of shirtless undressed men are usually shot from farther away, to be less exploiting and more like "yeah, I'm awesome."
- Played for Laughs with the "LESBIANS" running gag (see below).
- Eureka Moment: While discussing the Male Gaze:
"...it almost always assumes a man in the role of gazer, and a woman in the role of gazee. Which is not the name of a gay rapper
- Evil Twin: Rantastero, who hosts "Needs More Straight" episodes.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: In the "Needs More Straight" April Fools' Day episodes.
- Male Gaze / Female Gaze: Examines the two in his video "The Male Gaze".
- Incredibly Lame Pun: It's quite possible that the review of "The Hole" was written for the sole purpose of the joke "I picked the wrong hole!").
- Non-Indicative Name: Zig-Zagged. While he does regularly talk about genres and media that could be improved by the addition of gay content, more often than not he talks about things that either already have gay elements, or that just resonate with the gay community
- Positive Discrimination: Discussed in Skins and the Problem of Maxxie. The titular character is virtually flawless compared to everyone else and is a very passive player in his arcs (i.e. just having things happen to him instead of actively doing things), which he takes issue with.
- Brought up again in his Bring It On episode. He even refers to the "nice, hot, Gay" character as suffering from "serious Maxxie syndrome." He also takes issue with another character liberally using the words "fag" and "dyke" in a supposedly affectionate way towards a Gay guy she only just met.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Billa. You. Guys.
- Rounded Character: Discussed in Skins and the Problem of Maxxie.
Maxxie is a likable character. He's certainly the most "not-a-douchebag" on the show, he's friendly and well-adjusted and...nice. [...] But from a storytelling perspective, Maxxie is not an interesting character. Maxxie is nice and hot and gay. To be an interesting character, one must have flaws, and despite what you may have heard in high school, being gay is not a flaw. And being hot and having an active sex life is not the same as being interesting. It might not be fair to say that the writers used Maxxie's sexuality as a substitute for his complexity. It probably wasn't a conscious decision; maybe they were even worried about portraying the show's only gay character in a negative way. [...] But this isn't the only piece of media where we see this problem, and it's not just restricted to sexuality. How many times have you seen a character who doesn't really have any real flaws or any real character apart from just being black? Or being a woman?
In the real world, just as it is on television, it is our strengths that make us likable, but it's our flaws that make us interesting. They're what drive us towards change, towards becoming something greater. Without them, there would be no journey, no beginnings and no endings. And we would have nothing to do but dance in place.
- Running Gag: In episodes dealing with lesbians (such as Ellen DeGeneres or Magical Girl anime), Rantasmo often introduces the subject with an image relating to the topic of lesbians (such as Ellen DeGeneres), "LESBIANS" in all-caps text, and an ominous dramatic chord.
- Sassy Black Woman: Discussed in "Designing Women, Female Sassiness, and the Deep Gay South"., though generalized. Sassiness, which Rantasmo defines as using wit and snark to gain a degree of social power, is frequently employed by characters who traditionally lack such social power, which is often women, especially if paired with other traits like age, a large body size, and/or darker skin color. This is also part of what makes such archetypes resonate well with a lot of gay people.
- Say My Name / Big Word Shout: CUMBERBAAAAAAATCH
- Sophisticated as Hell: From The Science of Cruising: "Let me preface this by saying that I am not here to judge, I am not here to endorse. I am a man of science. I observe behavior, I draw conclusions, and I report my findings in an objective and entirely tasteful manner. So, with all that said...it's time to talk about humpin'."
- Stop Being Stereotypical: Discussed in the Hollywood Montrose episode. While Rantasmo says that Hollywood is a horrible, cliched stereotype, he's still a genuinely fun and likable character; he notes that people like Hollywood really do exist, but they are just a fraction of gay people and their experiences, and argues for more representation of different personalities.
Rantasmo: Hollywood Montrose is a great character the same way that jelly donuts are a delicious food, but neither is very nutritious. It's much better having a full, balanced meal... otherwise, it ends up going straight to your thighs.
- Testosterone Poisoning: The April Fools "Needs More Straight" episodes, where straight!Rantasmo talks (or at least starts to) about straight stuff:
Stuff like Ultimate Fighting! Oil refineries! Sex with women!
Fishing! And Nell Carter!
Caption: GUY STUFF! (heavy guitar riff, explosion)
- Unfortunate Implications: In-universe he discusses them with the perception of Gay culture and the works he views, and he points out when they're warranted or not. In Apt-Pupil for example, he discusses how the film can be viewed as homophobic, but he views it as an obsession with power and its imbalances.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Conversed in "It's a Trap!: Depictions of Trans Deception." The unfortunate implications are discussed, including how some people have actually used the idea of "trans deception" to justify physically assaulting transgendered people in court.
- Urban Fantasy: In his Game of Thrones review he admits to being more fond of this genre than Medieval European Fantasy.