Web series My Best Gay Friends
is a hit in conservative Vietnam.
The show follows the lives of three
people sharing an apartment in southern Ho Chi Minh City.
Creator Huynh Nguyen Dang Khoa told the
that he was surprised by the show's success.
“I thought it would only interest
Vietnam's gay community – but we're hearing that parents,
grandparents, whole families watch and love the shows, and long for
Khoa, 22, cast mostly friends and
shoots the low-budget series with a digital SLR camera.
The series' premiere episode has been
viewed more than 1.5 million times on YouTube.com.
“I wanted to show people that
homosexuals have ordinary lives, full of emotion, friends, family –
very normal lives,” Khoa said.
In episode nine, the most recent
episode, the show tackles the issue of marriage equality, and Cindy
Thai Tai, a famous transgender singer, makes an appearance. (The
video, with English subtitles, is embedded on this page. Visit
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