But I’m A Cheerleader & Revolutionary Girl Utena

jasonseacord 🇵🇸
6 min readFeb 12, 2022

Recently I have been in the mood for comedy. And not just any comedy, specifically I have been in the mood for queer comedy. The last good queer comedy I watched was Q-Force though I still believe that the humour, in that case, was more quotable than anything else. “You’re gayer than me. Do you also taste songs?”

And recently, I came across the suggestion that the film But I’m A Cheerleader is considered a queer comedy to some, which made me do a little bit of a double-take causing me to rewatch it because I recall that film being very David Lynchian.

I have this view because before I watched But I’m A Cheerleader, I had seen the entirety of the anime Revolutionary Girl Utena directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara. Ikuhara has said that David Lynch is one of his inspirations and that he would very much like to work with him one day. Ikuhara is not well known for doing heaps in the anime industry. He is infamously difficult to work with, but his work is very unapologetically queer for what he has done. He has not disclosed anything about himself, but based on what I know about him, I would not be shocked to learn what I’m pretty sure of.

Whereas it’s well known that the director and producer of But I’m Cheerleader Jamie Babbit and Andrea Sperling were married to each other at the time.