D.E.B.S. (2003)



Angela Robinson’s wet dream as a short film.  I’m not saying there’s not a huge market for this, it’s just kind of weird to know that it went to the Sundance Film Festival.  I also thought it was weird that Amy was the lesbian and not Max.  Stereotypes at work!

I had vaguely heard of the 2004 full-length feature film but hadn’t had any idea that there was a short film.  It’s shoddily made and the acting is worse.  The plot is a generic spoof of the spy genre and reads like it was written by high school girls.  It’s “said” that it’s a parody and emulation of Charlie’s Angels but that show is about private detectives, not spies.  Oh wait, it’s a parody of women in film…  The only redemption is apparently the girl-on-girl action and could someone please explain to me how that elevates the LGBT community?  It’s basically sexploitation right?  Explain to me how this was supposed to be some kind of civil rights in media empowerment.

Here’s the Wikipedia page in full on POWER UP, the folks who put up the money for this.  I put the whole thing up in case they ever delete it.

POWER UP (the “Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up”) is an American non-profit organization and film production company with the stated mission “to promote the visibility and integration of gay women in entertainment, the arts, and all forms of media”. It was founded in 2000 by K. Pearson Brown. Stacy Codikow and Amy Shomer. Its members include women and men, gay and straight.

POWER UP provides funding and assistance to filmmakers, as well as producing its own films. After several short films, its first feature film was the comedy Itty Bitty Titty Committee directed by Jamie Babbit. In 2004, POWER UP was awarded the Leadership Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

In 2001 K Pearson Brown, one of the founding members, brought a sexual harassment suit against another founding member, Stacey Codikow. Codikow counter-sued alleging that Brown had made sexual overtures towards her and accusing Brown of defamation. Codikow also demanded Brown’s resignation on the grounds that she was bisexual, and Brown later resigned. Both suits were dropped in late 2002.

WTF?  Would someone please step up and either take over this organization or form their own that is a little less ridiculous?  Go watch all of the movies from the 70’s and 80’s and do everything you can to be the opposite of that.  Holy crapola, they could make a movie about their own origin story and it would make a better promotion of gay women in entertainment while at the same time including the ridiculousness they apparently love to see in the theater.

Please see either version of DEBS and come back to the comments section.

Also, if you want a lesbian movie about the C(i)A then go watch Itty Bitty Titty Committee.  (Mwahahahahaha)