5 thoughts on “My Problem With Seinfeld’s ‘Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That’

  1. As a gay man I wasn’t the least bit offended by this episode or use of the phrase. I still laugh when i watch it.

  2. Seen as a step forward for gay representation, yes, it’s ridiculous to pat the show on the back. However, true to George and Jerry, it highlights a fragile part of their masculinity. The episode isn’t about gay people as much about “straight” people, desperate to maintain their rigid self-definition. George can’t help but look at the man to man sponge bath in the hospital with his mother. Kramer probably does want to kiss the phone man. And the intimacy to George and Jerry’s relationship, while neither romantic nor sexual, is enough that it disturbs their manly ideas of themselves. That’s why the episode works then and works now – it’s about the gay panic, it’s about fear keeping Jerry and George from being totally comfortable with their closeness.

  3. Also, the real thing to take a look at, is Jerry almost hooking up with an NYU undergrad, lol

  4. Seen as a step forward for gay representation, yes, it’s ridiculous to pat the show on the back.

    But that’s seriously how it was presented at the time! I agree that it works as an examination of gay panic, but that wasn’t what they were going for at the time.

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