Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal continued her campaign to rid Hollywood of gay stereotypes by urging cable network Bravo to immediately stop using their popular character Andy Cohen. Pascal believes the character of Andy Cohen, the fictional openly gay Bravo executive turned self-appointed host of late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live,” played by heterosexual actor Jake Rodgers, is just another in a long line of Hollywood stereotypes that harms the gay community.
“A successful television executive moving around excitedly as he interviews Kylie Minogue on his talk show is not a realistic portrayal of a gay man,” Pascal told Hollywood & Swine. “I’ve been in dozens of my homosexual friends’ clubhouses before, and I’ve never seen gay twin DJ bartenders like the stereotypical Andy Cohen has in his.”
Rodgers dismissed Pascal’s criticism claiming his Andy Cohen character is homage to the gay community, revealing that he was originally going to call him Andy Vanderbilt since it was a parody version of CNN host Anderson Cooper.
Pascal is continuing to follow through with her words given during a speech last Thursday at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and has been carefully examing every screenplay in development at Sony, deleting any negative gay jokes or terms. After editing a recent draft of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s script for “Superbad 2” for gay jokes and stereotypes, Pascal admitted she kept only 17 pages she found acceptable to be filmed.
In an effort to reach other to other screenwriters, Pascal will speak at an upcoming coming conference given by the Writer’s Guild of America, where the studio head with show screenwriters in attendance photos of numerous closeted married gay men In Hollywood, to show them not every gay man is a stereotype.
“Most of these guys you would never even guess are gay, unless you ran into them on Grindr,” Pascal said. “These are the type of complicated characters screenwriters need to write.”