Jul 21, 2021 - Business
Amazon's "Tampa Baes" to focus on the area's "young lesbian it-crowd"
Photo: Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios announced this week that it green-lighted "Tampa Baes," an 8-episode docuseries centered on the area's "young lesbian it-crowd" to be released this fall.

Why it matters: While TV's LGBTQ representation has progressed significantly over the years, mainstream reality shows like "Queer Eye" and "RuPaul's Drag Race" are mostly centered around queer men.

  • Just like "The L Word" reboot took the opportunity to be more trans- and POC-inclusive, Amazon has a chance to change the narrative surrounding queer women in reality TV.
  • So we're about to be living our own "L Word" fantasy! (And by that, I mean my fantasy of queer representation.)

The big question: Will "Tampa Baes" actually do that? We'll have to see.

  • Showrunner Melissa Bidwell said in Amazon's release that viewers will relate to the cast whom she called "dynamic, refreshing and unlike any I’ve worked with — they certainly won’t disappoint!"
  • The cast is mostly made of Tampa's stereotypical femme Instagram model-types. But people contain multitudes!

Who are the Baes? Selene did some social media s̶t̶a̶l̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ investigating.

The bottom line: Let's go, lesbians!!!


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