There are more gay* girls on TV, but quantity isn’t quality and representation still really sucks. This was my working thesis when I started research and pre-production on “Cinderella, Interrupted” at the end of 2015. If I could show a wider audience what it’s like to view media through the lens of a gay woman, I thought, maybe they would see the harm it can truly do.
This was still my goal at the end of 2016 when I did a mad sweep of interviews down the East Coast to get as much content in the bag as possible to try to keep the budget down, but the heart of the documentary intact. I talked to consumers and academics. I was reminded how much it all mattered.
A month later was the presidential election, all that was said and ignored. The outcome. Then, Nazis marched on Charlottesville. And “Me Too” told the truth about Hollywood. Through it all, I continued to do interviews, though there was something inside telling me it wasn’t right anymore. It wasn’t enough. The poor representation of gay women on our screens still matters – more than ever – but the story isn’t how bad that representation is or the impact it has. At least, it’s not just about those things.
The story is the why. Why is it like this? How did it get this way? It’s context. It’s history. It’s a tale as old as time I’ve never read or been told. I just hope, by the time I am done, I can do it justice.
*For the intent and purpose of this page, gay is all-inclusive.