Fak Yass, a two-episode comedy series on Amazon Prime, is the "true" story of Nico Nicolakis (Vasilios Filippakis) coming out to his Greek-Canadian family. But what is "fak yass"? According to wikipedia, it's Greek lentil soup and "an expression of approval common in contemporary LGBTQ culture." Really? I hang out with twinks all the time, and I've never heard it. The reference, an article in Windsor New Today, does not mention the term, and googling it results only in references to the tv series. I reviewed the first episode, to see if anyone explained.
Scene 1: A little boy and girl dancing at some sort of Windsor festival, being photographed together as teenagers, riding a roller coaster as young adults, while various people leave phone messages for Nico. They're all desperate to see him/hang out with him, because they love him so much and life is meaningless without him. This lasts for 2 minutes. Vasilios wrote this intense adulation about himself? Isn't that a little conceited?
Scene 2: A shirtless Nico (not a bad physique) in a drag queen dressing room/ kitchen, dancing, swishing, drinking, doing drugs, and ignoring more calls from people who love him desperately. An aspiring actor, he checks his email for news on his auditions: "you're great, you're phenomenal, but too short for the part, sorry." (Vasilios actually has 18 acting credits on the IMDB).
His friend Anton texts: "I've arrived at the Gaping Hole. Where the heck are you?" Nico says that he'll be right over, but no hooking up.
Scene 3: Nico naked, getting a blow job in the dark room of a gay bar. I miss the dark rooms that gay bars have in...well, every country in the world except the U.S. His mom calls; he rushes to a well-lit area to take it. His hookup follows: his friend Anton (Shadrack Nelson), wearing a bikini and women's makeup. "I didn't know it was you!" he exclaims. "It's ok -- I just got tested," Anton responds.
They go into the bathroom so Anton can gyrate on Nico's lap while he calls his mother back: his grandpa is injured, so he has to go home. He's having this conversation while Anton is moaning and talking about how high he is. Suddenly he collapses from a drug overdose, so Nico -- takes him back into the bar? Wouldn't the emergency room be a better choice?
Scene 4: Out on the dance floor,,shirtless bodies gyrating in a drugged-out stupor. Nico drinks more booze and kisses another guy. I'm all for blow jobs in dark rooms, but the nonstop drinking and drugs is way over the top. Nico and Anton obviously have substance abuse problems. Mom calls again; he ignores her and storms out.
Scene 5: Morning. Well, actually 11:40 am. Nico awakens in bed with a third guy, who complains that he's been too wired to sleep, and now he has to go to work. He lights Nico's bong, but it's all ashes. This enrages Nico: "We went out last night, and you made it all about you." Wait -- this guy can't be Anton. He's short, blond, a little chunky, smooth chested, and light-skinned. Anton was tall, wirey, hairy-chested, and ruddy. But Nico calls him "Anton," and he starts packing up his red-hair wig. Wow, an amazing transformation!
The part of Anton was actually written for Shadrack Jackman, Vasilios' best friend and the drag queen Silver Chapel on the Canadian reality show Drag Heels.
Mom calls again. She'll be there in 10 minutes to pick him up and bring him home to take care of Grandpa.
"10 minutes! But I'm high! And there's a half-naked drag queen in my bedroom! And gay shit all over the apartment!" Anton would love to meet the folks, but Nico shoves him out the door.
Scene 6: Nico in the back seat as Mom and Dad drive him back to Tecumseh, Canada, presented as a desolate small-town wilderness although it's actually a suburb of Windsor, a 20 minute drive from downtown Detroit.
They quibble. The subtitles say that they are speaking Spanish, but it's actually Greek. Nico is upset by the dreary nuclear-family tedium. Ordinarily I would be, too, but it's a nice change of pace from Nico's incessant drinking-drugging-gyrating.
Dad: "Are you sleeping with that sissy boyfriend of yours?" Wait -- how does Dad know that he has a sissy boyfriend, if he's never met Anton.
Nico: "God, no! Of course not! We're just friends."
Plot dump: Mom and Dad will be busy working at the restaurant, so it's up to Nico to take care of Grandpa after his injury (he fell down a flight of stairs). And Grandma, who has dementia.
Scene 7: They arrive. Now the subtitles say "a foreign language." It's Greek! Nico is hugged by his two hot brothers, sister, auntie, and a roomful of miscellaneous relatives (one of whom is Charlie David, left, the director of Drag Heels.). An elderly woman slurp-kisses him. They all love him desperately; he is the light of their lives. Wait -- Nico is already out to all of them. Where's the "coming out" story?
They all have coffee and pastries -- the coffee is poured directly onto the saucer for the pastry to soak up. A homophobic reference: one of the cousins says that "Grandpa doesn't love that you suck cock, but he still loves you." Defining gay identity as a sex act is rather reductionist. Apparently there's drinking and drugs, too.
Then the elderly woman reads their future in the coffee grounds: Sister is going to have a baby, Brother is going to get rich, Nico is going to see a girl. Huh?
Scene 8: The girl turns out to be Torri, who appeared in all of the videos and memories in Scene 1, his best friend/girlfriend growing up. They sneak into a car outside to smoke and flirt. She is upset: When he moved to Toronto, he promised to call every day, but he doesn't call at all, or answer the calls and texts of the 3,240 family members who love him desperately. "It's like you don't care." "I care. I just don't like that they're so homophobic." One homophobic statement amid the countless hugs and kisses. Big deal!
Nico notes that his Grandpa is especially homophobic: they haven't spoken since he came out. So Mom picked you, out of the all of the 3,240 brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, and uncles, to take care of a homophobic geezer?
Nico may be gay, but he's flirting like crazy with Torry. He begins to mount her (in jest? It sure doesn't look like it). She pushes him away, hands him a pack of marijuana, and says "Go see your Grandpa." He gazes at her butt gyrating as she flounces away.
Scene 9: Nico in Grandpa's room, grabbing his hand. "Don't touch me!" "I just wanted to tell you that I'll be taking care of you." "Not if you're still sick (i.e., gay)!" Finally he gives in, but insists that Nico wear gloves, so he doesn't catch the gay. Ok, Grandpa is absurdly homophobic, compared to the rest of the family. Who comes out to grandparents, anyway? Nico sadly leaves the room. The end.
Beefcake: Nico is shirtless all the time, with a nice bulge in the underwear scenes.
Gay Characters: Nico, but he enjoys getting blow jobs from men dressed as women, and his interest in Torry seemed rather more than platonic. So I'm going to go with bi.
Fak Yass: In Episode 2, Anton says "Yaaasss" to indicate that he thinks that Nico's Dad is sexy. It must be an emphatic way of saying "yes" in Canadian drag queen culture. And the Greek lentil soup is fakes (pronounced fah-kes). So the title is a pun that only Greek-Canadian drag queens will catch. Not exactly commonplace across LGBTQ cultures.