Apr 28, 2013
Que Pasa, USA: Bilingual Beefcake
So when PBS began to air Que Pasa, U.S.A.? in 1977, we watched eagerly, and even wrote reports on it to present to the class.
To accommodate both English and Spanish-speaking viewers, characters translated for each other, repeated statements twice, or made their meaning clear through context.
In addition to the gay plotline, Rocky Echevarria, who played Joe, provided ample beefcake. He usually wore an open shirt and extremely tight jeans, and there were occasional bathrobe or swimsuit shots.
He also originated the gay character of Martin in Bent on Broadway (1980), and starred in the gay-themed Versace Murder (1998).
In the 1980s, we began to get Telemundo, which opened up a whole world of Spanish-language programs, including Papa soltero