Gay Miracle On Ice

UPDATED: Bill Doty is a filmmaker. We know this because he has an IMDB page. For those not familiar with that indespensible resource, it’s like a really, really gay version of HockeyDB.  Bill’s latest work hit our screen this morning. It’s MSFW funny and fits so well into our sweet spot. Well, one of our sweet spots. Bill was good enough to respond to some questions we had about the production on Gay Miracle on Ice, or as we call it, the Citizen Kane of gay hockey films, and those follow after the embed.

PB: What’s your hockey background? Ever play?
Bill: I am the tall blond in the white jersey you see NEVER skating in the video. That’s how good I am.

PB: Where did the idea for this spring from?
Bill: It’s based on a true story. It was filmed back in 08 actually after the story came out. It was for a show I wrote and produced that ran on TBS’s Super Deluxe website. I filmed over 150 episodes of real news stories made into funny videos… well I hoped were funny. 

PB: Are you gay? If not, do you want to be?
Bill: I am not gay but I’d like to be. There is no better way to double your wardrobe than dating a guy who is your size. 

PB: If not, we’re going to call you an ally, unless you have another clever euphimism you’d like us to use instead. 
Bill: Being from LA and having several gay friends I’m often referred to as the token straight guy. 

PB: What are the plans for a full length feature?
Bill: I’d love to see Gay Miracle on Ice in Space

PB: Can we get Associate Producer credit?
Bill: Sounds like you’re a financial backer?

PB: After that runaway success, maybe a  sequel?
Bill: I think Miracle on Ice 2: The Electric Bugaloo

PB: Will you promise the sequel won’t suck like Godfather III or all those Star Wars one did?
Bill: I can’t promise my lunch won’t suck… so there’s that. 

PB: Are you really a vicious homophobe in disguise?
Bill: I think the only thing I truly hate… and would rally against it… is pineapple on pizza

PB: A fave team?  Will you be a Caps fan? Or just fake it?
Bill: Sure… the Caps it is!

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6 Responses to Gay Miracle On Ice

  1. trot71 says:

    I wish I could share the PB’s enthusiasm for this clip, but I can’t.
    I’ve watched it four times now, and all I see and hear is lazy writing – a string of stereotypes and gay clichés. Very much the sort of casual homophobia that the You Can Play Project aims to end.
    As a gay hockey player, I’m offended by the implication that I can’t be as good as a straight player, and that if we manage to beat the straight players, it’s a “Miracle”.
    And, for most of us, “pride” isn’t a punchline (twice in 90 seconds? really?).
    If this is the spot you made for something you have an affinity for, I can’t imagine the crap you’d film about pineapple on pizza.

  2. I find the posting of, and the embracing of, this video to really be against the message that PuckBuddys usually represents. It’s simply offensive, even if it is based on a true story. The video is so full of stereotypes and, even though the intensions are to be funny, it doesn’t work in light of projects like You Can Play where the stereotypes are trying to be shattered. Finding the best “gay” team… that alone simply tries to put all those guys in a secondary category.

    Maybe I’m overly sensitive because I’m a gay player who hopes to be judged on the same level as every player, gay or straight, but with all the non-stereotype messages the site puts out (You Can Play, Zach’s story and all the stories the contributors but out there about our love of the game) this video sticks out like “which of these things is not like the other.”

  3. GayCanuck says:

    How queer. I didn’t have the same strong reaction as Brian and Jeff above, mostly because I didn’t think it looked like a very good movie based on that clip, so, didn’t take it seriously. The only thing that made me giggle a little was when all the gay hockey players gave their names as “Bruce.”

    Otherwise, this looks like the type of gay-themed movie they made in the late 80s where straight actors played gay characters simply by mimicking gay stereotypes. It may have been funny then, but to use the same techniques today makes this film seem outdated and a little out of touch with reality. I just can’t sit and watch a bad gay comedy anymore, all the cringing at awful gay jokes would create too many wrinkles.

  4. The only “miracle” about this is that I haven’t actually punched anyone or lit children on fire after wasting 90 seconds of my life on this. I could have listened to a quarter of a Rush song in that time or something.

    Weak. I’m not going to bother unpacking all of the garbage imagery, references, and stereotypes contained in this slice of cinematic brilliance. That and it’s already been done above, so, you know. There’s that.

    PS — You want to be gay? Pump your brakes. Often imitated, never duplicated, baby.

  5. citizenhaut says:

    I’m not lovin’ it either.

    This preview seemed to feature the stereotypes and not so causual homophobia I remember so well from the 80’s and 90’s and which still exists today. The “you can’t play hockey because you’re gay” and the “you can’t possibly really be a hockey fan because you’re gay” stereotypes. I didn’t see it as making fun of all that so much as pandering to it. It seems like the antithesis of the You Can Play project which aims to give weight to the message that it doesn’t matter who you are, you are still part of the big hockey family. Doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight, black or white, North American or European. Ice is a level playing field.

    The more I think about it, the more offended I am by this clip.

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