SNL Careful Not To Be “Too Gay” In Gay Porn Parody

For the most part the Adam Driver “gay porn” sketch that screened on Saturday Night Live last week was the queer take on a “straight porn” skit helmed by guest Amy Schumer earlier this season.  The joke is that a young girl, played by Aidy Bryant, interrupts a stereotypical porn scenario, oblivious to the reality around her.

But there was a crucial difference between the two sketches.

In the “straight porn” skit it’s all about heterosexual hook-ups. Even when Bryant’s “Mom” (cast member Vanessa Bayer) turns up there’s no hint that she might be pulled in for some bisexual boning.

But in the “gay porn” version, when Bryant’s character asks if “Dr Rockhard” can examine her sore stomach, Driver replies “I can’t give it to you, but I can give it to your Mom. Hell, yeah!”

Perhaps I’ve been watching the wrong type of gay porn but in the stuff I’ve seen the men don’t usually enthusiastically shout how much they like to pork women.   The addition of that line is especially odd given that “Mom” doesn’t even appear in the sketch.  In keeping with the gay subject matter, it would have made sense for Bryant to reference her “dad” instead (he was mentioned but not seen in the Schumer sketch).  For a sketch where the whole joke is gay porn, missing a major opportunity for some great gags is baffling.

But it’s typical of mainstream media, American media especially, to leave the possibility of heterosexuality open for gay male characters.  Gay men are often presented as having once been “straight” or they hook up with women (typically during a drunken encounter).  Apparently it’s so obsessed with it that they’ll now take pains to ensure that even the lead in a gay porn isn’t presented as “too queer”.

SNL does win points for showing us Beck Bennett in some barely there shorts.

SNL does win points for showing us Beck Bennett in some barely-there shorts.

Photos ©2016/Dana Edelson/NBC

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