Hi! If you landed on this page while searching for information on the new TV series “The Real L Word“, please note the date at the top of this post. It was written almost 5 years ago and intended to poke some good-natured fun at a few of the more unrealistic aspects of the original Showtime drama “The L Word”. So please don’t get bent out of shape and tell me I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about or accuse me of hating on either show (I’ve never seen the former and I LOVED the latter). This, as they say, is OLD news, people.
There are a lot of reasons why Showtime’s series “The L Word” is not a very realistic portrayal of the lives of gay women. For one thing, the entire cast is too conventionally attractive (the ratio of femme to butch is much too high), and for another, the characters in the show have WAY more sex than any lesbian I have EVER known.
But the most glaring example of “unreality” is the fact that the character who is supposed to be the hot new up-and-coming hairstylist in LA looks like her own cut was the result of being run over by a lawnmower. Either that or she was the victim of a three-year-old playing with blunt-edged scissors while she slept off a hang-over. Seriously, this woman’s haircut is AWFUL … it’s all I can think about whenever she’s on the screen…and yet we’re supposed to believe that celebrities are lining up to have her do their hair. NOT!
Then again, perhaps the hidiously-coiffed hairdresser is intentionally far-fetched so as to distract viewers from the fact that the entire cast is too conventionally beautiful and the characters have WAY more sex than any lesbian they know in real life. Which in my case, is working.