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Did Somebody Say "Gay Head"?

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Summer Bummin'

Firehouse. Later. The Squiggly Hip Font Of Character Introduction alerts us that Kameelah is on the phone with a friend named "Yacoo." Perhaps she should come to Boston and replace either Jason or Sean in the firehouse, thus upping the sky-high "I'm-sorry-your-name-is-wha?" factor, which is already deep enough into the red zone as it is. Kameelah calls Sean "the whitest white boy I've ever met," and she resents being his roommate. As she puts it, "I don't think it's fair for me to have to live here and be his roommate, and spend all of my time teaching him about black people and blackness." She's "tired of being everybody's teacher." Oh, whatever, reigning Queen of Didactica. Heaven forbid the cruel universe should offer you the opportunity to express your opinion. Meanwhile, out on the darkened corner of My-Life- Hasn't-Been- A-Walk- Down-Easy Street and right near the cul-de-sac of Call-Me- When-The- Story-Arc- Stops-Going- In-A Circle, Sean informs Jason that Kameelah has loudly expressed an overarching ideological belief that "blacks are the king and the queen of society." Jason, perpetually preparing for his upcoming role in the Streisand-directed sequel The Jason Has Two Faces, acts all incredulous and takes up against Kameelah with his reply, "That what...she said that?" Sean backs up his airtight defense that he heard Kameelah says something to Sean -- probably "I like black comedies" or "pass me the Black & Decker" or "if Sean were the only other human on Earth, we would be smarter than all white people" -- that he translated in the spirit of reverse racism and passed along to Jason in the spirit of reverse interesting story arc. Sean then totes his Doe-Eyed Stare Of The Oppressed Not Really Oppressed into a confessional, where he elaborates, "If I said that the white man and white woman were the king and queen of humanity and the king and queen of society. Oh my God, I would catch major hell for that." Not that he said that. Back outside with Jason, Sean cops to not really hearing these words come from Kameelah herself (Syrus, in a haywire game of interracial "Telephone" that forced brother against brother and the succession of nations, was the one who passed that "verbatim" message along), a point of view that Jason determines is "asinine." Sean makes the point that this mode of racial supremacy hearkens back to the Civil War, and I'll agree with him insofar as to state that the issues they are currently discussing would have made for some really hot-button television back in the '60s. The -- cough -- 1860s.

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