Steve and I recently started watching Modern Family. It’s been a life-changing experiencing.
My best friend had been trying to get me into Modern Family (MOFY) for years, but I spurned her MOFY advances, only agreeing to watch an episode with her when we couldn’t decide whether we should watch Mean Girls or Bridesmaids for the umpteenth time or which season of Sex and the City to devour. I just couldn’t get into it.
A few months ago, however, when USA Network started to air MOFY re-runs after Law & Order: SVU re-runs, Steve and I found ourselves hooked.
It only took me 5 years to jump on this bandwagon, and now that I’m on it, I’m never getting off.
Part of the appeal is that Steve and I see each other in Mitch and Cam and their relationship and they interact with each other is so similar to ours. Just another slice of evidence that proves that life is based loosely on a sitcom (definitely not the other way around.) In case you’re wondering, Steve is Mitch, the logic-based, eye-rolling sarcastic better half to Cam’s artistic, creative, loud-mouthed, overreacting, over-the-topness.
That makes me Cam.
And I own it.
We assume these roles so perfectly that I’m beginning to wonder if I’m truly a #stereotype. Seriously. Every time I mention to one of my friends that Steve and I watch Modern Family in almost unhealthy doses, they ALL say, “You’re Cam and Steve is so Mitch.”
One of my best friends, we’ll call her Monroe, who lives in Boston, was home for Christmas, and we met up for brunch, and within a half hour of us reuniting, she said that she and her fiancé can no longer watch Modern Family, particularly any scene with Cam, and not think of me. My other best friend, let’s call her Kate, instinctually said, “Remember the first episode, where Cam lifts Lily into the air and ‘Circle of Life’ from The Lion King is playing? That’s totally you.”
Me: “I own it.”
The thing is, before I even watched this show, I had thought about doing this with my future baby.
Because WHY NOT?! Reenacting scenes from Disney movies has always been #1 on my To Do List, and this would just seem like the perfect opportunity.
Don’t judge me.
Turning Cliches Into Witty Metaphors
I do this quite frequently. Especially with that face. I think it’s a superpower that comes with being gay.
Quick wit, especially when served over a piping hot pile of shade, is an art.
I Eat My Feelings…
Pie seriously works at any time of the day, with any emotion.
Fuck, I’m fat.
…I Also Sneak Food
Don’t judge me. You know you do too.
I Have a Flare For Dramatics
I literally say this at least once a week. Maybe twice. Also, see Mitch: that’s Steve’s facial reaction. Followed by extreme laughter.
#PREACH. Meryl could play anything. Don’t play.
I frequently run around threatening to break things.
I don’t overreact, though. It’s always warranted.
I Am Easily Excited
I’m currently trying to perfect my shimmy. #NewYearsResolution.
I Love With My Whole Heart
At the end of the day, the most important thing in my life is love. I’m cheesy as hell, but I’m 100% true.
Modern Family has done a lot for furthering awareness of same-sex couples in mainstream, family-oriented media in a way that no other show before it has done. It paints gay couples in the same light as it’s straight couples, and for that it should be praised. If I were to be a stereotype, I would be happy to be Cam. He’s flawed, he’s funny, he’s honest, he loves with all of his heart, and he always puts Mitch first.
At this stage of my life, nearing 30 and in a happily committed relationship nearing the 4 year mark, I’ll gladly accept that role.