Noah’s Arc is an African American Queer based show. That goes on to give it’s audience an overview of the lives of four gay males, in which they struggle to deal with different situations. Such as same sex dating, marriage, parenthood, infidelity, promiscuity, Gay bashing, and Homophobia. The show first premiered in the early 2000’s as a pilot, due to it’s immediate success the show automatically became a hit. When watching the first episode you’ll see that the show takes place in Los Angeles, California. In the first episode you’ll also go on to meet the four individuals by the names of Noah, who is the leading character in the show, Alex, Ricky , and Chance. Noah is a struggling screenwriter who is naïve to relationships. Whereas Alex is an outspoken HIV counselor who demonstrates self-confidence, jealousy issues and a take charge attitude. Ricky on the other hand is more of a free- spirit. Ricky is a sexually promiscuous owner of a men’s clothing store on Melrose Avenue who tries his best to avoid commitment. Lastly there’s Chance who is an economics professor who tries to
In season 1 episode 1 the leading character (Noah) runs into a guy by the name of Wade who is a former screenwriter who befriends him. From the beginning you can see that Wade is a perfect match, he handsome, masculine, and is very successful. The only issue is that Wade struggles with his sexual identity. Therefore he has difficulties with the person he actual is and the person he wants everyone else to perceive him as. In this episode Noah wants Wade to be more than just a friend of his, but he also doesn’t want to get hurt. Wade continues to hang out with Noah then realizes that he might be gay, but is scared. While Wade, Noah, and Noah’s Friends are at a gay club Wade whispers something into Noah’s ear. Which brings Noah into shock. When Noah is asked what happen he freaks out and says that Wade told him that he finds him sexually enticing. Therefore if anything were to happen between them there would have to be a female involved.
I feel as though the situation between both Wade and Noah falls under Judith Butler’s ” Gender Performativity”. Due to the fact that because being gay isn’t what society portrays as normal. Wade feels as though he can’t be gay and if he is gay it would have to be behind close doors. I also feel as though because he (Wade) wants to remain in the closet, or cares to much about what people might think of him. He believes that if Noah and him were to have sex and a woman is present. Then that would mean that he isn’t really gay or queer it would just be considered a 3some. Gender performativity is similar in the way that because something isn’t apart of the regulatory regime that society has created or pushed on to us it cannot be considered normal.