Monday, January 22, 2007

Best of Both Worlds...

Chicks with dicks!!!

A couple of weeks ago, I was at my parents' house on a lunch break, and All My Children was on. Bianca (AMC's resident lesbian) is talking to her sister about her attraction to a man. I'm like, "What the Hell? They're turning Bianca straight?" Mom's like, "I don't know. The guy's name is Zarf, and he's a rock star, and wears eye makeup." And I'm like, "What, is he Ziggy Stardust? Is he from Melmac?" And then Zarf shows up in a black dress, a slightly adrogynous but distinctly male figure with a very affected accent. What in the name of all that is holy? Day-um. If anything could start me watching soaps again, it's trannies with smudged eyeliner.

Apparently, Zarf was introduced as female rock star "Zoe." Then he came clean about being a man. Then he fell in love with Bianca, and realized that he's a lesbian in a man's body. Bianca's pissed at him now, although he's going to get gender reassignment surgery, and you'd think she'd be happy about girl parts. And half the town thinks he's a serial killer, or something. I don't know. It's all very confusing and over the top, but fascinating. Even though I'm obsessed with Zarf, I don't get to watch it every day. He's handsome, but somewhat creepy, which is unfortunate. I think it's the accent, a faux British lockjaw thing. It makes him particularly bizarre, so I don't know if I'm rooting for him and Bianca.

I'm just amazed that AMC went there. For those not in the know, AMC has a reputation for dramatizing social issues. They had AIDS and homosexual storylines way before it was dealt with on prime time. And Bianca, the lesbian, gets way more play than any gay character on prime time network tv. I mean romances and love triangles and the whole bit (though being a soap opera, they never end well.) But will they really go through with a man becoming a woman? I don't know. All I know is, it makes for some hee-larious tv. Apparently, I'm not the only one. I was looking for a picture to post, and apparently VH1's Best Week Ever blog is doing a daily Zarf Clip. You must check out her big breakdown.

p.s. I couldn't find a single pic of Zarf in a dress or the Silence of the Lambs bathrobe. What a shame!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for that clarification! I recently flipped by my old friends and AMC and I was like, WTF when I saw him in the dress, and everybody hates him and Bianca's all teary. In another mysterious scene I caught, he tries to explain himself, but angry people always cut him off. If they would just let him talk, I suspect it would've telescoped that storyline substantially.

Love the blog, by the way.

Devon said...

Thanks for stopping by. The whole thing is a little (well, alot)weird. I'm a bit confused about the Zoe/Zarf thing. Why is he like "Zoe is dead," then "I am a woman?"

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit confused to and I can't say that I'm loving the Zarf/Zoe thing... I think it's a great way to go but i find the actor to be so annoying! See if this link works for the picture of zoe in a dress

Devon said...

It's all a bit too much. Why did they throw him/her into the serial killer storyline, as if the whole transgender thing wasn't enough? I wish he was a little less weird. Go to the BWE site in the post and check out the clip video. Really showcases the hamminess.

Thanks for the pic, Hanrahan!