Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy all pose for the latest sculpture by Laszlo, a Hungarian artist. The three women vie for his affection and wait to see the end result. The climactic scene not only reveals that the sculpture was made from the best parts of the three women, but that Laszlo is also a gay man.
Much like Gil’s transgender identity, Laszlo’s sexuality is the punch line of a 30-minute joke. However, no one actually says the words “gay” or “homosexual.” The reveal is characterized by a coded sissy character, one who saunters into the frame, glares at Laszlo, and says, “Laszlo, looks like we’re a hit!” before sashaying away. The audience roars with laughter, and the artistic Lothario leaves the girls with the response, “I’m sorry, I thought you knew.”
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