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Lesbian community most critical of “The Real L Word”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Engaged couple Nikki Weiss and Jill Goldstein of Showtime’s “The Real L Word” aren’t surprised that the series – Season 1 comes out on DVD Oct. 19 — has been the subject of controversy. What has surprised them is, “The lesbian community has been the most critical of us. That was amazing to me. I was shocked. I joked in one of the episodes that Jill and I don’t define ourselves by our sexuality; it’s part of who we are along with being aunts and daughters and the rest of the things we are. That comment sparked hatred. People were very vocal on our fan page,” Nikki says.

On the other hand, fans have written in thanking them for making their lives easier and making other comments “that are so rewarding for us.”

“It would be a pretty tall order to expect us to represent everyone in the lesbian community,” says Nikki. “With only six of us on the show, how could we possibly do that?”

Asked how they feel about sex on the show and in its promotion, Says Nikki, speaking of “The Real L Word’s” Whitney Mixter, “She crossed some boundaries, they captured it and used it. It keeps the conversation going. It’s better to be talked about than not.”

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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