I'm only writing this because those of you who know me will understand my irritation over this situation.
Ilene Chaiken is pretty much my main lesbian nemesis. For more vulgar information on just how much I dislike Ms. Chaiken view the following links:
Now that you're caught up, let me take you a little further down my completely pathetic and demented rabbit hole
My youtube obsessed girlfriend came up to me today and said "Hey, I found something you might like. Have you ever heard of Hanna and Carla?"
This is, of course the image that popped into my mind:
But Connie and Carla are not the same as Hanna and Carla; though they're both extremely gay. I watched quite a few episodes of Hanna/Carla TV, and this is what I found.
This is Hanna and Carla:
They're lesbian lovers on this German soap opera called Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love). Carla (right) was introduced to the show in 2003. She meets Hanna, who is not into girls at the moment, and starts to fall in love with her.
Now I know what you're saying. Summer, I know you have beef with Ilene, but you can't accuse her of ripping off every single lesbian relationship on television.
And you're absolutely right. I can't. (And just for legality's sake, I'm not accusing her of anything, I'm merely speculating.)
But I can show you a couple of areas of overlap between the Bette/Tina relationship and the Carla/Hanna relationship.
1. Carla is a very strong and capable business woman who is into the arts. Bette is a strong and capable business woman who is into the arts.
2. Carla dresses in a lot of power suits:
Bette dresses in a lot of power suits:
3. Carla was in the middle of a fling with another female love interest when she decided she wanted to be with Hanna.
Bette cheated on Alice to be with Tina.
4. Hanna was in a relationship with a man when she met Carla, and had never been with women.
Tina was in a relationship with a man when she met Bette, and had never been with women.
5. Carla is dominant, argumentative and placating when she doesn't get her way.
Bette is dominant, argumentative and placating when she doesn't get her way.
And if I haven't convinced you by now, let's just take a look a the actual thespian expression of the two actors. Carla and Bette's mannerisms are unmistakeably similar. It's as if Ilene chained Jennifer Beals to a chair for a weekend and made her study Carla.