Jul 17, 2018
"Play by Play": Girls are the Meaning of Life, Yet Again
Play by Play (2017-), available on go90sports and the Complex Network, follows the adventures of ESPN sportscaster Pete Hickey (voiced by series creator Kevin Jakubowski) as he looks back on his adolescent self (Reid Miller), a freshman at St. Roman High School in Des Moines, Iowa.
Plots include trying to get on the team, being bullied, getting his own room, joining crazy clubs to impress girls, trying to draw girls away from the crude jocks they're dating, first date, first kiss, girls! girls! girls!. Which, as you know, is all every adolescent boy thinks of, every minute of every day.
The series shouts, loudly, that heterosexual desire and behavior is universal human experience, a boy's "coming of age" means becoming interested in girls, gay people absolutely, emphatically do not exist.
Pete enters his freshman year at a previously all-boy school, but now it admits girls. So, according to a synopsis, "every sophomore, junior and senior at his school — all dudes — are gunning for the girls in his grade."
Every one, with no exceptions. Not one boy in a hundred, not one in a thousand, not one in a million is gay.
In an interview, Jakubowski states that he had a similar experience when attending Fenwick High School, a selective Catholic school in ritzy Oak Park, Illinois: the freshman class was the first to admit girls, so "every" older boy in the school was trying to date the freshmen girls, leaving "all" of the freshman boys in the dust.
Not one of them was gay.
Um...Kevin, your heterosexism is showing. I know for a fact that there were gay people in Oak Park, Illinois in the 1990s. And today Fenwick High School has an Equality Club, "empowering marginalized groups of people such as women, the LGBTQ community, African Americans, and other minorities."
But I wasn't looking very hard. I was busy thinking back to my high school experience in the 1970s, where preachers, teachers, parents, and peers were constantly screaming at me "What girl do you like? What girl do you like? What girl? What girl? What girl?"
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même.