“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”—~ e.e. cummings
Zanna, Don’t! takes place in a topsy-turvy world in which homosexuality is the norm and the minority heterosexuals must battle anti-straight prejudice. Set in a high school, the plot revolves around a teen fairy matchmaker (Zanna) and the hell that breaks loose when a boy and a girl dare fall in love with each other. Thankfully forgoing preachiness, creator Tim Acito manages to deliver a message of tolerance through a whole bunch of poppy, catchy songs, hearty dollops of humor (there’s cheering—for a chess match), and, of course, a dab of magic (shades of the 1980 Olivia Newton-John vehicle Xanadu.) While the show can be a little too nice at times, it’s hard not to be won over by its impish exuberance. Fittingly, in the fall of 2003, Jai Rodriguez, who played the title role, transferred from the show’s Off-Broadway run to TV, gaining fame as the “culture vulture” on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. —Elisabeth Vincentelli
-The FISHERMAN, fifty-one, sits in his recliner in front of the television, flipping the remote, the volume blaring. Across the room, on the couch, sits his SON, twenty-seven, staring at him; anxious, something on his mind. After several false starts and what seems like an eternity, the SON speaks.-
SON:(quietly) Dad, I'm gay.
- The FISHERMAN hits the mute on the remote. The room goes silent. A long, agonizing moment. For the SON, the world has stopped. He stares at his father, waiting for a response. Anything -- the silence is maddening. -
FISHERMAN:I figured it was that.
- His son is confused. -
SON:You figured what was that?
- More silence. -
FISHERMAN:Why we never talk.
- Both men sit there, staring at the muted television.- FADE TO BLACK
Kevin Williamson (of DAWSONS CREEK and VAMPIRE DIARIES)
“Pronouns make it hard to keep our sexual orientation a secret when our co-workers ask us about our weekend. “I had a great time with… them.” Great! Now they don’t think you’re queer - just a big slut!”—~Judy Carter