I shouldn't even have to tell you where that phrase comes from. "Men On Film" critics Blaine Edwards and Antoine Merriweather may be making their return to the small screen as In Living Color is slated to be resurrected by Fox.
According to The Advocate, an update of the hit sketch show, which originally ran from 1990-1994, will air on the network this spring in the form of two-hour specials co-executive produced by Keenan Ivory Wayans.
Of course, one of In Living Color's most popular sketches was "Men On Film," in which hosts Edwards and Merriweather (a.k.a Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier) reviewed movies with dialogue laced with gay puns and racy sexual humor while dressed in over the top clothes. While I'll admit as a child I found this funny as hell (I still occasionally snap in Z formation), when I view it now I can't help but squirm a little bit at the extreme stereotypical behavior.
Is it because pop culture has evolved so much when it comes to homosexuality and LGBT visibility (of course things aren't perfect; but you know what I mean) in the past two decades that the sketch now seems hopelessly antiquated and offensive? Or were we as young queens in training (particularly us black gay boys) so starved for gay images that we'd settle for anything? Perhaps, as several posters in The Advocate's comment section stated, if they bring the skit back they should throw out the frilly tops and little hats and add a little more nuance to the jokes.
Watch an old "Men On Film" clip and decide if Antoine and Blaine still tickle your funny bone below.