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Michael Abernethy
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Michael has been writing for PopMatters since 2000.  His primary focus, aside from queer culture, is television reviews and commentary, and his article Male Bashing on TV has been reprinted in two college textbooks.  He currently lives in Louisville, KY, and is a Lecturer of Communication Studies at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN.  As a teacher, he has an interest in the study of contemporary political rhetoric and argumentation.  He and his partner Jim have been living in un-wedded bliss since 1995.


Sunday, January 6 2013

The Best of Television Performances of 2012

PopMatters highlights some television performers who stood out in 2012, but aren't likely to find themselves among nominees for annual awards.

Wednesday, January 11 2012

The Best TV Performances of 2011

For all the high points on TV in 2011, there were also things that bothered me, and not all of them were named Kardashian.

Monday, January 10 2011

Undead and Kicking: Zombies and Betty White Ruled TV in 2010

It was difficult to turn on your TV this past year without seeing the undead... make that the undead and Betty White.

Wednesday, February 17 2010

Caregiving a Damn: Travels through Hell with Love

Were lawmakers to seek a better understanding of the work of the caregiver, health care reform would reflect an economic model that placed altruistic motivation above financial consideration.

Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Best TV Performances of 2009

It would have been easy to miss most of this year's best, with all the distractions -- Rihanna and Chris, Taylor and Kanye, Adam and his same-sex drummer, Tiger and, well, who knows, and, ugh, Jon and Kate.


Thursday, February 26 2015

The Hays Code Nightmare Has Come True. Ain't That Grand?

The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that.

Tuesday, September 9 2014

Great Sex and No Worries: The Myth of Drug Use

Drugs. We LGBT folk certainly seem to like them. We use them at higher rates than heterosexuals, and we really like to mix them with sex. What a shame they're killing us.

Thursday, July 10 2014

Singing the Low-Down, Down-Low Blues

Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances.

Tuesday, June 24 2014

Dr. McMurtrie and the Gay Kiss

A homophobic doctor, writing in 1914, helped NFL player Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend on TV 100 years later.

Tuesday, May 13 2014

A Gay 'Idol', and We Don't Mean Judy Garland

It's no secret that American Idol has had LGB contestants before, but the show seemed to adopt a "don't ask, don't tell" policy up until this season, until M. K. Nobilette.

Et Tu, Utah? [6.Feb.14]
Gays and Stages [14.Dec.10]
Born This Way [17.Mar.10]
"I Thee Wed" [11.May.09]
Nuke the Kiss [6.Apr.08]
The Scorecard [16.May.07]
Gay and Gray [26.Oct.06]
Bi the Way... [23.Aug.06]


Sunday, March 31 2013

'Bully' Is Heavy-Handed

Viewers will walk away emotionally-charged, but not fully educated.

Saturday, October 6 2012

Soaring High, and Beautifully: 'Winged Planet'

Winged Planet will undoubtedly be hailed for its revolutionary photography and innovative technologies.

Sunday, September 23 2012

'Partners' Is No 'Will & Grace'

This team has produced groundbreaking and hilarious work in the past, so we might hope that they soon revive their creative spirits, not their prior works.

Tuesday, September 11 2012

'Guys with Kids' Can Be Competent, Sometimes

Guys with Kids looks to dispel stereotypes and present Chris, Gary, and Nick as more or less real-world dads.

Monday, September 3 2012

'Coma' Is Slow Going

Coma offers a frightening scenario without much context, not taking advantage of the current debate over health care in the United States.

Hung [28.Jun.09]
Royal Pains [3.Jun.09]
Eureka [3.Aug.08]
Swingtown [4.Jun.08]
In Plain Sight [29.May.08]
Eli Stone [5.Feb.08]
Kyle XY [20.Jan.08]
Dexter [3.Oct.07]
Moonlight [27.Sep.07]
Reaper [24.Sep.07]
Saving Grace [29.Jul.07]
Burn Notice [4.Jul.07]
The Gilmore Girls [16.May.07]
Shear Genius [17.Apr.07]
This American Life [28.Mar.07]
Intervention [18.Mar.07]
Project Runway [22.Oct.06]
The Class [24.Sep.06]
Justice [5.Sep.06]
Monk [25.Jan.06]
Daisy Does America [12.Dec.05]
Without a Trace [12.Oct.05]
Out of Practice [26.Sep.05]
The 70s House [18.Jul.05]
The Comeback [21.Jun.05]
Fat Actress [20.Mar.05]
Carnivàle [13.Feb.05]
Numb3rs [30.Jan.05]
Committed [11.Jan.05]
Kevin Hill [10.Oct.04]
Veronica Mars [3.Oct.04]
Stargate Atlantis [23.Aug.04]
Frasier [16.Nov.03]
Hope & Faith [28.Sep.03]
Rock Me, Baby [28.Sep.03]
Jake 2.0 [15.Sep.03]
Fame [8.Jun.03]
Oz [9.Feb.03]
Meet the Marks [21.Jul.02]
The Dead Zone [25.Jun.02]
Trading Spaces [17.Jun.02]
Bette [31.Dec.94]
Charmed [31.Dec.94]
Ally McBeal [31.Dec.94]
Ran (1985/2000) [31.Dec.94]
Reba [31.Dec.94]
Two and a Half Men [31.Dec.94]
Kyle XY [31.Dec.94]
The West Wing [31.Dec.94]
Queer as Folk [31.Dec.94]
Primetime Glick [31.Dec.94]
Smallville [31.Dec.94]
Ed [31.Dec.94]
Six Feet Under [31.Dec.94]


Friday, September 2 2011

100 Essential Directors - Sergei Eisenstein

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.

Tuesday, August 30 2011

100 Essential Directors - George Cukor

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.

Thursday, June 16 2011

The Hypocrisy of Mother Monster. Yeah, We Mean You, Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga preaches acceptance and love. However, her music videos teach that love is only for the beautiful.

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