Dr. George Smith Prescribes Gay TV for Heterosexuals
Occupation: Founder of GH Entertainment and Tha Life TV
What will this year bring for GH Entertainment and “Tha Life: Atlanta” brand?
Last season, “Tha Life: Atlanta” garnered about 10 million hits, so we are going to come back with some more footage and do a few more episodes. We also have a working contract with a network right now that’s looking to pick us up, but in the meantime we are developing a Houston cast which will be “Tha Life: Houston.” My company, GH Entertainment, will house both of them through production but “Tha: Life Houston” will go straight to my network, The Life TV.
What do you hope these shows will teach society about the gay black male?
We are a group of guys showing who we are. Some of us are fathers like me, and it’s not what the heterosexual community thinks. When you say the word “gay,” people automatically think men who act feminine. [There's] nothing wrong with guys who personify that and who are true to that character, but at the end of the day I personify a man, I just happen to like men.
Do you think the world is ready for a show like this to be presented on a national platform?
We know that masculine gay guys exist, but the problem is [this] whole down- low theory. We are not down-low! We just happen to be grown men who are secure with our sexuality and are openly gay. I don’t know if the world is ready to admit that it’s out there but it’s out there and I think a part of that stems from the fact that it’s still a very uncomfortable situation for some people to see a guy with a six-pack like myself, that appears to be the average guy walking down the street but categorizes himself as gay. Mostly I just want society to learn to love people who are living in their truth because most people aren’t aware of who they really are, and in all honest[y] aren’t true to themselves.
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