After the success of “2gether,” it seems that we’ve been digging through the internet for more BL (boys’ love) gems. It’s also been a catalyst for the genre to have its library extended, with local filmmakers and producers following suit. Twitter users, however, found one’s cast to be really problematic as one of its stars said that BL doesn’t necessarily have to be gay. The actor said that it was about “two straight guys na nagka-inlovean sila.” Uhm, okay?
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Guys I am happy to announce that Oxin Films and Pepps are officially launching our newest web series entitled #MyDay the series. Casting will be announced tomorrow in our page so kindly please like and share! Im sure magugustuhan niyo ang bagong show na to. 😉 https://www.facebook.com/mydaytheseries/
“#MyDay the series” was first announced by Oxin Films through their Instagram account on May 6. On the same date, the online series’ Facebook page posted a video inviting others to audition for the show. Emphasizing the need for a swoon-worthy voice and charming looks, the video promises auditionees that they’ll be the next big star (should they get the part).
Join na sa pinakabagong Pinoy BL series ang #MYDAY the series!Requirments:18-24 years old.Good acting skillsToned bodySubmit the following to email@example.com- Photos (unedited)- 1 minute intro and acting video Share the love! :)Brought to you by OXIN Films and PEPPs Foundation – Prime Event Productions Philippines Foundation Inc.
Posted by MyDay the series on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
With the target release date drawing near (around July-August 2020), promotions such as teasers, meet the cast, posters and more were released in the past few weeks. The most recent one (which is already deleted, as of writing) was most talked about on Twitter today due to one of the main lead’s problematic take on what BL is (which is a term used on media depicting love between two homosexual men).
is this guy for real? how did he get the role w/o understanding the essense of the genre he’s getting into?
that’s why casting appropriate roles is very important; it’s not about acting, it’s about knowing and understanding the struggles of lgbtq people. pic.twitter.com/nkGMa9UXrc
— audz (@fluffyjumpol) July 9, 2020
Don’t get us wrong, casting heteros isn’t the main issue here. We’re all for expanding the queer filmography, but the very least producers could do is educate their cast on what these terms and stories really mean. Representation has always been an issue in the LGBTQ+ community, and this just adds to the problem. Hopefully the producers of the show see this as learning experience and improve on this aspect.
Screengrab from the “#MyDay the series” trailer
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