“Because I’m queer. I’m gay. I’m homosexual. I’m a poof, I’m a poofter, I’m a ponce … And I am not a pervert.” - Stuart’s coming out speech. And now will his mother and father please step forward and just give their son a hug?
Back in 1999 when the British tv series, written by Russell T. Davies, “Queer as Folk” came out, I didn’t watch it, I did hear of it and how ground breaking it was and the stir it caused due to its ‘graphic’ sex scenes and its honest depiction of the Manchester gay scene, but I guess, at that point in my life I wasn’t that interested, I am a straight woman, back then living in London and too busy raising a small baby, so teletubbies and the Spice Girls were more my cup of tea at the time.
Fast forward 9 years later, around 2008, I became a huge fan of the sci-fi tv series Doctor Who, from the First Doctor to the Tenth, back then RTD was in charge, the moment Moffat took over the reigns and brought along with him a new Doctor, new companions and a completely different show I realised that I was more of a fan of Russell T. Davies writing really.
I also became a big fan of slash ships/pairings and gay romance on tv and films, so, I had to ask myself why the hell I had not watched “Queer as folk” yet?! Seeing as it was written by Russell T. Davies and it was all about gay characters, so, I took the plunge and bought the complete dvd boxset from Amazon, a few days ago I finished the lot.
Now I am completely in love with the series, the characters and also gutted that there aren’t anymore episodes to watch.
Watching it reminded me of what a great writer Russell T. Davies is, he knows how to write characters that you get to deeply care about, drama and humour perfectly combined and most of all character development.
Stuart Jones as played by the utterly gorgeous Irish actor Aidan Gillen has become one of my favourite characters ever, cocky, damaged, a bit lost, Vince Tyler as played by Craig Kelly is a teddy bear of a man and a hardcore whovian too, Nathan, played by Charlie Hunnam, is a teen with an angelic beauty coming to terms with his sexuality and causing some trouble in the process… By the way, as sadly I can’t be a gay man myself, although God knows I would love to be one, I decided that my life ambition is to become Hazel Tyler, Vince’s mum, I think I’m already half way there.
I thoroughly recommend this series (the UK version) so, if you get a chance to watch it, do so!
Like me, you can buy the complete dvd boxset dirt cheap from Amazon here
If in the UK, you can actually watch it on 4OD here
If outside the UK, you can watch it on Hulu here
Or you can also watch it on YouTube (although it has very bad quality and it’s scattered in many parts) here
I forgot to mention that the 90’s music soundtrack is fantastic as well!
“I can’t. We don’t to hammers. And nails. Or saws. We do joints and screws but that’s different. Queers. Because I’m queer. I’m gay. I’m homosexual. I’m a puff. I’m a puffter. I’m pance. I’m a bumboy baddyboy backside artist bugger I’m bent. I am that arse bandit. I lift those shirts. I’m a faggot ass fudge packing shit stabbing up your old gardener. I dine at the downstairs restaurant, I dance at the other end of the ballroom. I’m Moses and the parting of the red cheeks. I fuck. And I’m fucked. I suck and I’m sucked. I rim them and wank them and every single man’s had the fucking time of his life. And I’m not. A pervert.”
— Stuart Alan Jones
Ok so I’m looking on the qaf uk tag, and there’s a lot of hate for the uk version from American fans. Now just for the moment i’ll ignore the fact that they are just plain wrong thinking the American version is ‘better’ than the uk version, but I do want to point out my top 5 #fail comments!:
1) The UK version is lame because it copied the US version.
Ok. Where do I even start? How about the British version was the original one? So if you’re going to call something lame for copying I’m afraid there’s only one version you can look at.
2) The music and fashion in the UK version is ‘outdated’
*facepalmalert* it was fucking made in 1999 you idiot! The clothing and music are just right for that time period in the uk!
3) I can’t understand it because they have accents
Ok wow. How to insult a nation. So now everyone in the uk have to learn to speak in a way that people from outside the uk want us to? Of course if you’re not used to an accent it can take a while to get used to it, but their accents aren’t that broad to be fair, just be grateful they weren’t from somewhere with a broad Scottish, Geordie or scouse accent! Surprisingly it was made for a British audience. It isn’t meant to be the queen’s English, we don’t speak the queen’s English and we don’t speak the way we are stereotyped in just about every American TV/film.
4) Stuart is uglier than Brian
Harsh! But also, this is another cultural distinction. Stuart is real, he’s the man on the street. He’s not a photoshopped buffed up Hollywood shiny boy like seem to appear in most US shows. Stuart, Vince and Nathan are like people you might pass in the street (although I admit if I saw Nathan on the street in 2000 then I’d have given him a few second looks!!). We like our stars to be people we can actually relate to, so though they might be better looking than us they aren’t so Hollywood dazzling that we could never aspire to them in our wildest dreams.
5) Nathan being 15 is so wrong, at least justin was 17.
The whole point of that storyline was to shock, and also to make people aware of what is *really* happening in society now! I swear some people think that where as half of heterosexuals under 16 are no longer virgins, no gay man under 16 has ever touched another man.
The point of it is that he’s young, and 17 just isn’t really seen that way anymore, and Russell wanted to shock while being accurate to society at the time which by placing Nathan at 15 he did rather well. It’s not like he was pre-pubescent. It’s not that I think that kids should be having sex underage, the law is there for a reason, but it’s the societal perception that its fine for 15yr old heterosexuals but too young for homosexuals. Why? Are you worried they might just be young and confused and change their mind when they get older? If so surely this is the same for both sexualities in that case?? (And no, I don’t believe in the ‘confused’ sentiment I’m just trying to understand why someone might make the distinction between the sexualities).
Ok so. As I say, I’m not going to get into the whole US vs UK stuff really because I think that probably the first version you watched will always be your baby, and if you like ‘shiny’ us series’ then of course the American version will stand out to you. The UK version is more gritty and real. Just the way I like it :)
(But I will say, the ‘Justin’ version of Nathan’s notorious register ‘Queer’ scene *seriously* did not get the point of the scene. At. All. Like it wasn’t even in the same ballpark as the point.)
I love and agree with all your comments. :D I will just say it does get SOOOO boring all the US v UK thing. It’s such a shame that QaF uk, this wonderful, groundbreaking little show has to have all these comparisions attached to it everytime it’s spoken of. And ‘hating’ another show and tagging these comments so that the people who love the show can see them seems a very low thing to do.
I think there can be a misconception that British people either speak cockney or Downton Abbey! It seems a bit daft if you can’t watch a programme cuz of accents; I struggle with the US accent sometimes, but that’s life, doesn’t stop me enjoying US shows like The Wire or The West Wing!
With the Stuart/Brian attactiveness thing, saying one is uglier than the other is just garbage. Brian is more beefy, all American hero good looking, Stuart is more charming sexy good looking. People fancy what they fancy, their ugliness/beauty is irrelevant. ps. apart from the fact that Stuart IS one of the best looking men in the world. :D
With the Justin/Nathan age thing, I thought that both were just under the age of consent in their respective countries at that time? Sixteen in the UK and eighteen in the US?