Ever since Logo picked up MTV Canada’s 1 Girl, 5 Gays for American syndication, the gay talk show has become the subject of both obsession and controversy. If you’re me and DVR every episode, you’re obsessed. But if you only see a cast of gay men furthering stereotypes, you’re offended. Each episode features a rotating panel of five gays who discuss 20 questions about love and sex asked by host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani. Producer Garrett Wintrip responded to critics who claim the show misrepresents gay people, saying:
I think the people who think it’s exploiting stereotypes are the people who sort of glance at it and they might hear an effeminate voice or they might hear someone talking about Barbra Streisand and think that’s a stereotype. If you watch the show, and I sit and listen to these guys, they’re all unique individuals who have their own unique tastes and interests.
And opinions. In Toronto, a Canadian gay magazine, sat down with Aliya-Jasmine and two of the show’s more outspoken gays — David Robert and Michael Yerxa — to get the behind-the-scenes scoop.