I can’t believe it took me so long to publish this. It’s been ready since August 25th and it’s months later. Anyway, this show has just been nominated for a Golden Globe and you should definitely watch it.
I saw the incredibly funny Billy Eichner tweet about this show and I HAD to check it out!
And thank God I did!
Fx’ s “Pose” juxtaposes the fierce, glamourous and very hard life of a group of transgender women of colour and their lives at the ballroom scenes to a thirty-something year old white guy who works for the Trump Organization.
Oh, and it’s set in the 80s.
Produced by legendary Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story) It’s a show about the New York City secret ballroom scene, the rivalry between different houses and the hardship of living as you actually are.
I was not familiar with all of this so I did some research. And it’s really interesting. By “house“, they mean a sort of family you belong to with a matriarch (whom they call “mother”) who takes care of them. It’s not just the group of people you compete with in the ballroom, it actually becomes your family.
All these people were rejected by their biological families, they were living on the streets and alone. But being part of the house, gives them acceptance, love and the confidence to make it on their own.
Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) is part of this community and after she learns she is HIV positive, she decides to start her own house and recruits Damon, a 17-year-old gay dancer who dreams of becoming a pro. She also takes in Angel, who used to be in Elektra Abundance’s house with Blanca.
Elektra comes off as rude and imposing (at least to me) but beneath all of that, she is struggling to find the money for her sex reassignment surgery.
On top of the issues they are facing, being constantly descriminated against and fighting to find a place in NYC, the AIDS epidemic is in full swing, killing hundreds and hundreds of young men. From 1987 to 1994 the number of deaths dangerously increased.
On the opposite side of town, Stan Bowes (Evan Peters) is the typical white guy, who lives in New Jersey, works at Trump tower, has a wife and two children. And yet, he gets infatuated with Angel and he becomes her sugar daddy, buying her an appartment and spending a lot of his time with her.
I really like the show. It’s full of glam, music from the 80s and at the same time, struggles, problems and people trying to survive and to fit in.
Aside from the story itself, this show is particularly important. It’s the first tv show with 5 transgender actors (MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson,Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross).
Teen Vogue writes: “With trans activist and author Janet Mock working on the show as a writer-producer and Our Lady J (whose past credits include Transparent) also working behind the scenes, the show authentically portrays the story of its characters.”
FX has renewed it for a second season and I’ll definitely be watching and I urge you to do the same.
It’s a great show with a fantastic cast, great music, love, friendship, kindness, pain, death and loss.
You won’t regret it.