In a world where racism, homophobia, and transphobia still exist in 2019, Pose is the show to try and help.
Ryan Murphy in my opinion is top three television creators working right now. For the most part, he produces gold in everything he touches. He pushes boundaries and portrays things in his shows that can make hateful people uncomfortable. He casts gay actors, black actors, and actors with disabilities. For his show Pose he cast several trans actors that rock the show.
Pose is currently in its second season on FX. A quick description taken from IMDB is: “Pose is set in the world of 1987 and looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world.”
The first season of Pose was one of my favorite shows of 2018. It was so different from anything I had seen before. In a single episode I would be smiling from ear to ear then tearing up at the end of the episode. I’ve never felt so emotional in any show.
The writing is phenomenal but the characters in the show are what drive it home. Every single character in the show has a motive and are developed. It is hard not to name every character because they all stand out but some of the best characters are the following:
- Billy Porter as Pray Tell, is the emcee of the balls in New York as well as a fashion designer. (Billy Porter is a star, I’m disappointed in myself for not knowing who he was before this show.)
- MJ Rodriguez as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista, a trans woman who is the founder and mother of the House of Evangelista.
- Dominique Jackson as Elektra Wintour, a trans woman and the former mother of the House of Abundance.
- Indya Moore as Angel Evangelista, a trans woman sex worker who joins the House of Evangelista.
- Ryan Jamaal Swain as Damon Richards-Evangelista, a homeless, talented dancer who becomes the first member of the House of Evangelista.
- Hailie Sahar as Lulu Ferocity, the second-in-command to Elektra, later forming the House of Ferocity.
There are several “houses” that all the characters belong to and then compete at the balls for trophies. Every ball competition has a theme that the competitors must dress up like. These scenes are television perfection.
Not only does the show explore racism and homophobia in New York in the 1980s, Pose explores HIV/AIDS which was basically a death sentence back then, especially for poor people.
The music in Pose is outstanding and rivals any television soundtrack. The music in the show is a character. It is remarkable how the show runners got all the music that they use.
Again, the first season of Pose was great. I would recommend the show to anyone. The show sheds a light onto a group of people that needs the light. The writing, the acting, the set design, the music is all great.
The second the season of Pose is on its way to possibly even surpassing the first season. Pose is a magical show and more people need to be watching.