EPISODE 104: Rhea butcher and representation
Rhea Butcher and Representation
On the fourth episode of My Gay Life, Becca talks with Rhea Butcher -- comedian and creator of Take My Wife about the importance of representation in television and how they did it. The first season of Take My Wife was truly a Representation Marvel, in part because they involved women, specifically queer women, in all levels of creation. Season 2 is a continuation of that incredibly important work. Here are the facts:
- Two seasons of an all-female writers' room, with Season 2 involving 43% women of color
- In Season 2, 22 out of 47 roles were played by out LGBTQ+ actors
- Take My Wife licensed 8 songs, one per episode, from queen musicians
- Take my Wife partnered with queer-friendly clothing companies for costuming and rented or utilized art by queer artists for set dressing
Afterwards, Butz and Becca catch up about what representation means to them as viewers, the cultural impact of Ellen Degeneres' coming out on television and the frustration of baseball.
Rhea Butcher's Book List for Tour
Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game That Saved Me by Stacey May Fowles
Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don't Play Baseball by Jennifer Ring
Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote
All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House by David Giffels
The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage by Jared Yates Sexton
You can catch Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito on tour now!
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