I got one comment about Noah’s Arc — the Logo network’s show about the lives of a group of black gay male friends — being in danger of cancellation. I haven’t found any concrete information about that, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
And that’s not a statement about the quality of the show. In the weeks since I started watching, I think the writing and acting has gotten consistently stronger where it started out good to begin with. What we’re up against is a matter simple matter of economics. Speaking as a black gay man, producing a television show for, by and about us — one that doesn’t have to be mined for universality or translated into our lives — probably isn’t all that profitable. We’re a minority within a minority, and it’s a good bet that not all of us in the markets where Logo is offered have cable or satellite TV. And as for the majority of viewers, unused to watching stories they have to translate into their lives, how many are likely to volunteer for that duty where this show is concerned?
Sad to say, but this is America and what pays stays. And telling our stories, in our voices and on our terms, in a medium like television may not pay enough. Maybe it never will.
That may be reality, but I’ve never been a full-fledged realist. I’ve jousted at windmill or two in my day. So, for what it’s worth I’m posting a link to an online petition asking Logo not to cancel Noah’s Arc. I am signer #481, and hope others will sign too. In the meantime, I’m going to see what else I (and other black gay men in the blogosphere) can do to support the show.