Category IS: ’80s banjy realness, serving FACE, and Dynasty vs Falcon Crest runway couture. Ladies to the dance floor! (“Extrava…. GANZA! Extrava…. GANZA!”)
Yes, Ryan Murphy once again is tossing everything and the kitchen sink into his historical blender and serving up one of his signature gay mishmashes – This one is called Pose, it’s an eight-episode series that will “explore the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene.”
So far, no one has informed me of any clubkid characters based on me or anyone I know, but we shall see. I mean: I certainly remember the ’80s pre-Madonna “Vogue” ballroom scene (as a member in good standing of the House of Pancakes… sometimes known as the House of Skittles… or House of Ringling…. I walked and/or was kicked out of any NUMBER of balls), and this trailer rings true (although the outfits seem slightly 2018-pretending-to-be-1987 rather than authentically ’80s). (It’s hard for me to be objective, obviously).
I just wish the Paris Is Burning set were still around to see this. I wonder what their reactions would have been.
Much of the buzz around “Pose,” which is created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, has been about its inclusivity. The show is set to make history by featuring television’s largest cast of trans actors in series regular roles and the largest LGBTQ cast for a scripted series.
In December, Murphy praised the show as “a game changer” about “the universal quest for identity, family and respect.”
“Along with being a dance musical and an affirming look at American life in the 1980s, I’m so proud that ‘Pose’ and FX has made history right from the beginning by featuring the most trans series regular actors ever in an American television production,” he said at the time. “I can’t wait for people to see this incredibly talented, passionate cast.”
Pose debuts June 3 on FX.