I really love Tristan and Tanner’s relationship in Most Popular Girls in School because FINALLY, there’s a gay relationship where one guy is more masculine than the other but it’s not really focused on and it’s definitely not an issue in their relationship. You have no idea how much it depresses me seeing a lot of mainstream gay couples be both either leaning towards the more masculine end of things (ie brokeback Mountain) or both are leaning towards the more feminine side of things (Glee I’m looking at you and your dumb pairing of Kurt hummel with more feminine broadway loving guys than anything) without any real differences in how they approach masculinity and femininity.
I really love the fact that even though Tanner is the ‘straight acting’ gay he doesn’t try to tell Tristan to acting so gay or try to reign in his flamboyance because wow, it’s a big part of Tristan’s personality. And despite their big differences in interests and hobbies, they still find middle ground to talk about guys and have a pretty healthy sexual lifestyle.
I really adore and appreciate that MPGIS acknowledges some gay guys love acting feminine and that they don’t really villanise him for that, but rather treating his flirtiness and stuff the same as any of the female characters’ sexualities are treated.
Like thank you Most Popular Girls In School for making a gay couple not be clones of each other, for making their sexuality a non issue and for showing them as people as fucked up as any other teenager in Overland Park.
“OH MY GOD. Look at your outfit! I swear, if I was into ladies, I'd be elbow deep in you right now! You don't know me: Tristan McKie! I go to Blue Valley Northwest. Well, that's what I do during the day. At night, *this one* plays around in my guts! You're probably familiar with Tanner's work! Well; not in the way I'M familiar with it! Ahah! I'm talkin' about sex! Sweetie, what's the name of that THING you are again~? So much techinal jargon, JESUS LEWEZUS! Leave us ladies in the kitchen where we belong~! Right "red"? I'm just kidding! "Aubie"! Hahahaha! God, isn't she great! She's like the love-child of Daria and Miranda from Sex and the City! *breathes in* I've had this dream several times, where Cynthia Nixon and I are dating; except she has a penis. SIDENOTE, it's huge. And in this dream she repeatedly just...GOD. I'M GETTING WET JUST THINKIN' ABOUT IT....Come here you!!”—Tristan McKie, episode 12 of TMPGiS
Ok, so last night I had the weirdest dream
It was about the Most Popular Girls in School. Tanner was leaving Tristan for Than, and then DeAndra came in and was all “What are you DOING? What, what, WHAT are you doing?” Then Tristan was all, “hey, that’s my-“ ”SHUT UP” and then she punched him with her robot arm. Then DeAndra lectured Tanner on why he shouldn’t break up with Tristan, and they got back together, and then Matthew was like “… What the FUCK just happened?”
And then Saison gave birth to a girl named Sawyer.
That was the only part of the dream I thought was weird when I woke up.