by Guest Contributor Aymar Jean Christian, originally published at Televisual
HBO’s Treme is growing into an intricate and well-written show! While it lacks the political pizazz of The Wire, it makes up for it by giving us characters we instantly care about — or at least I care about. I think it might yet be a great drama, despite my reservations!
But I have one problem: Davis McAlary (played by Steve Zahn). I hate this guy. I realized why this week.
GET THOSE GENTRIFYING GAYS!
First, let me recount a situation from the last episode, which made me realize my feelings.
Davis has been blasting music from his apartment window into his neighbors’ house, mostly jazz and hip hop. This week, the gay yuppie neighbors confront him about it. “Why are you being so nasty about this? You have a problem with gay people?” Davis says no, he loves gays (see, we’re supposed to like Davis). Why does Davis hate the guppies? It’s a really original argument**: “You moved into the Treme. You tear the place up. You put in your birdcage, your flower gardens and you don’ t have a fucking clue as to where the fuck you are living.”
See, the gays are sill gentrifiers who want to “historically preserve” homes but don’t know anything about the neighborhood whose property rates their raising! “It’s called gentrification. This is the Treme dude! The most musically important black neighborhood in America,” says Davis, as he starts listing artists that lived in the block. He asks the gays: “did you know that?”
“I know all about the Treme,” older gay insists. Wait, is this a different breed of gentrifying gay?
But Davis keeps on listing artists. Finally the gay person rattles off the name of a jazz great too. See, the guppies grew up in New Orleans. “We’re as much New Orleans as you are.” Nuance?
Caught off guard, Davis goes on to accuse the gays of complaining to the cops about his stereo and other music in the ‘hood being too loud.
The gays says they’re innocent: “We have never once called the cops,” the older gay says, believably — and inexplicably — I think.
Davis goes on, he doesn’t believe them. “You live in the Treme. Gotta deal with that shit.” Continue reading