If you happen to’re a straight one that’s mates with any queer girls, or individuals who ever recognized as queer girls at any level over the previous decade and a half, you’re in all probability no less than tangentially conscious that The L Phrase is again.
The reboot, titled The L Phrase: Technology Q, premiered on Showtime Sunday night time, and it was met with blended critiques from critics. Whereas AV Membership contributor Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya referred to as the primary episode “spectacular,” IndieWire author Jude Dry joked that the muddled sequel sequence “struggles to make an analogous impression” as its predecessor, jokingly retitling it “Technology Who-Is-This-for-Precisely?”
Whether or not or not the brand new L Phrase is definitely good (it’s not) is kinda inappropriate, although. Plenty of queer followers could be watching it even when it had been worse than Netflix’s Tales of the Metropolis reboot from earlier this yr—although, fortunately, the scenario just isn’t that dire. Technology Q is likely to be as hamfisted and out of contact as the unique, but it surely’s not the mid-aughts, and there’s no cause your queer mates should endure this present alone. For the subsequent few months, the L Phrase followers in your life may use your help.
If you happen to love your buddy, you’ll help them by way of almost something, and which means standing by their facet and never calling them out for speaking advert nauseum about how offended this present that they’re voluntarily watching makes them each week. I’m sorry to invoke the E phrase that goes with the different L phrase (i.e., emotional labor), however the emotional labor concerned in supporting your buddy whereas they spiral over this silly, attractive present is a fairly low elevate.
There are a variety of sensible methods you generally is a good buddy to the L Phrase fanatics you’ve let into your life. You can provide them your Showtime logins, for starters. It’s also possible to be taught who all of the characters are, since you may as nicely know who the hell your queer mates are tweeting about 24/7 after they might be working, sleeping, or doing actually anything. Bear in mind: Ally is a verb, not a noun. If you happen to don’t on the very least watch the primary three seasons of the unique sequence, familiarize your self with the utter shitshow that occurred within the later seasons post-Dana/Carmen, and memorize the theme tune (melody and harmonies), you may as nicely tattoo “I hate my homosexual mates” behind your ear.
You also needs to clear your calendar so you may Maintain House for his or her rants, of which there’ll certainly be many. Examples of premiere episode spirals embody: “Finley Will NEVER Be Shane;” “No One Requested You to Sort out the Opioid Disaster, L Phrase, Why Are You Tackling the Opioid Disaster;” and “Bette’s Affair With an Worker Was Dangerous As a result of She Was an Worker, Not As a result of She Was Married!!”
The following two months or so are actually going to be a important time for you—an individual who may not have time for this lesbian nonsense—to step up in your family members who do. As laborious as will probably be to hearken to your folks speak about how they hate the whole lot about this present that they really do love and watch each week, it’s what mates do. If it ever begins to really feel unendurable, simply bear in mind what number of occasions your queer mates have listened to you speak about how some man you had been relationship was nice as a result of he “remembered to ask me how my day was with out calling me a silly bitch.” You owe them.
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