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Mar 09 2017
What The H-E-Double-Hockeysticks Is THE ADVOCATE Doing Publishing Anita Bryant-esque Poo-Poo Like This? Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 12.11.25 PMThat's the problem — gay people get very punchy when stories are presented as OURS. (Image via THE WALL)

There's an absolutely nails-on-the-chalkboard, ranty essay over at The Advocate from a person I've never heard of before, a fitness professional named Jason Wimberly. I guess he's worked with Selma Blair and Jane Lynch.

The piece is about how Logo's reality series Fire Island looks like it will contribute to “Gay America's Moral Decline.” This, he has decided based on a 90-second trailer: 

I urge you to put aside any negative feelings you have about the actual place Fire Island, A-gays, people with great bodies who show them off and the reality craze in general. I am not drawn to this show and am not attempting to defend it. I would say it looks to me like it's seizing on a colorful segment and situation of the gay community as a way of luring eyes and, based on some of the clips, possibly to address issues of interpersonal relationships while still providing plenty of escapism.

One thing's for sure: Gay men are a lot less likely to attack, let alone not watch, reality series with no gay content than reality series with gay content. (Case in point, Finding Mr. Right, which actually deserved all the scorn because the guy at the center of it is a total ass. But I digress.)

Getting back to Wimberly's Advocate piece, what embarrasses me about the gay community is not that we've fallen so low as to have a show like Fire Island and men who spent their summer chasing fun and excitement — that has been happening forever! It's part of the human condition, and more specifically, gay men have been having a blast on Fire Island for better or for worse for the better part of a century.

What bothers me is that a truly historically important outlet like The Advocate is now reduced to (effective!) clickbait like this fussy piece, which is ostensibly bemoaning the existence of a gay TV show on a gay network, but which actually delivers some tone-deaf messaging that's straight-up anti-gay.

Wimberly starts with a story to which we can all relate, involving how people have become entitled and rude. Fine.

Next, Wimberly slides into fantasyland, where he actually argues that the use of curse words is a major issue:

I remember when the use of “bitch” on television was a national debate. Now curse words are commonplace in all forms of media ... Now, I have to be fair in saying I uphold myself to some pretty strict standards. I don’t use the f word ... As a public person, I take the way people perceive me seriously, and not just because of my own self-respect, but for my respect for the LGBT community as a whole.

Seriously? That's laughable. Swear words are a very expressive and creative part of any language, and are often very effective when making a point. Can you imagine a pioneering gay civil rights activist— you know, a gay person any of us has actually heard of, which should be the definition of a public person, and who has actually done something constructive for the cause — worrying about swearing? That's a major issue?

It goes from bad to worse, but I don't believe most Advocate commenters will really consider Wimberly's words, because they'll be so caught up in the bashing of Fire Island (damn pretty people!). Wimberly actually makes the self-loathing argument that LGBTQ people need to present a sanitized image (what else is not swearing and carousing?) to non-straight people in order to win equal rights:

As a minority group, the actions of a few can unfortunately shape the view of many. Giving this sort of behavior a national platform where it becomes normal and invited into our homes is the problem. By all means, live your life and have fun as long as you’re not hurting anyone else. My issue with all this, though, is that I do feel it can hurt others simply by allowing it to be so common.

So now a TV show by and for gay people that shows us doing things that most people like to do (drink, party, have fun summers, have sex) is detrimental to our image, and is giving us a bad image? Does this person really believe that that has anything to do with the status of our rights? How very homocon of him.

I'll repeat a bit of what I wrote as a comment on Wimberly's poorly written, illogical and dangerously shallow piece:

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Mar 08 2017

IMG_1802*_new(Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Gay Twitter is rejecting Fire Island — Logo's forthcoming reality series based you know where — so I asked the guys, at Tuesday night's RuPaul's Drag Race event, to address their haters.

Check out my brief chat with the boys in the sand ...

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Get Out: A Season 9 RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE Fantasia In Two Acts Comments (0)

IMG_1837*_newLike all her co-stars, Aja looks to the future.

I was invited to cover the event at PlayStation Theatre in Times Square last night, celebrating the upcoming (March 24) premiere of Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

IMG_1731_new(All images by Matthew Rettenmund; images of Matthew Rettenmund by Jason Viers)

Like always, I had my trusty sidekick Jason along, and like always, I was mad-stressed out wondering how I would get all 13 queens for interviews in the time allotted — not to mention any bonus queens (Ginger Minj hosted, and queens like Jiggly Caliente, Sherry Vine, Lady Bunny, Mrs. Kasha Davis and many others were on hand/on hands and knees), the Top 4 actual women from this season's America's Next Top Model and five out of sex of the studs from the new Logo series Fire Island.



IMG_1749*JPG_newMrs. Kasha Davis & Ms. Thorgy Thor

IMG_1845*_newPaige, India, Tatiana & Courtney from America's Next Top Model

IMG_1888_newI don't know her. But if I did, I'll tell you her name. How about: Mae South?

IMG_1883*_newDarienne Lake made a splash.

Speaking of which, following RDR's switch from Logo to VH1, the step-and-repeat didn't even have Logo's, er, logo, this in spite of the fact that second-run eps will air on the network, and the fact that tons of Logo staffers were on hand to help out.

IMG_1899_newThe crowd wanted in — bad.

Part of my stress was the odd decision to tell press we had to arrive at 5 p.m. to check in, would interview everyone for two hours, would have to leave at 7:30 p.m. and could not return when the party started at 8 p.m. until we had dumped all professional equipment. The strictness of this rule made for some unnecessary schlepping, and only ensured that the zillions of photos from the party would not be as high-quality as they might otherwise be.

IMG_1897_newThis one was stealing focus outside!

IMG_1894_newThe best cutlets in the place weren't cutlets.

When we returned, I avoided the red carpet and focused on the tables, where all the celebriguests were seated.

IMG_1458_newSeeking Charlie Hides

IMG_1461_newAlexis Michelle, ma belle

IMG_1772*_newShirting the issue

We did our level best, but even rushing, while I got pics of and interviews with 11 of the goils, I only got some pics of Nina Bo'nina Brown and one snap of Shea Couleé — no Q&A.



IMG_1876_newNew York City Girls: Lady Bunny with Pepper Mint, including my Ron Galella-style, “NO PICTURES!” shot.

Here are my thoughts, with video coming later on:

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Oct 20 2016
6-PACK — Dropping Trou + In High Heels, Forward + Shep Smith Is Gay! + Donald Trump Jr. Is A Douche! + Kate Bush Dropping Live Album + RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS Reunion Teaser! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 11.27.28 AM(Video still via Kenneth in the 212)

*widget boy cultureJock Clément Poitrenaud drops his drawers. So does Shameless actor. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureHeadline you couldn't have envisioned reading 30 years ago: Mayor to host pre-High Heel Race reception.

*widget boy cultureFOX News's Shepard Smith finally came out ... and a lot of his fans weren't thrilled.

Shep-smith-robin-williams(GIF via FOX News)

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump Jr. views Leader of the Free World as a demotion for his very important pops.

Unnamed(Image via Concord Records)

*widget boy cultureHEATHCLIFF DIVING: Kate Bush has a live 3CD set coming in December.

*widget boy cultureThis season's RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars was Logo's #1 series season ever. Reunion coming: 

Jul 12 2016
The Gay BACHELOR: Logo Announces FINDING PRINCE CHARMING Comments (0)

Logo today announced it will air Finding Prince Charming, the first all-gay male dating series, which it expects to air in the fall. It's already filming, so that means you failed the audition.

From a press release:

Hosted by Lance Bass, “Finding Prince Charming” will include 13 charming and gorgeous suitors, all housed together, who compete to win the heart of one of the Lance AMAnation’s most eligible gay heartthrob. The sexy suitors grapple to stand out from the crowd all hoping for a moment of intimate connection, romance and, perhaps, true love. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until the heartthrob chooses one ideal man to sweep him off of his feet and commit to an exclusive relationship.

“Logo has a long history of showcasing LGBTQ-focused stories with memorable characters that transcend pop culture,” said Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming for Logo.

“’Finding Prince Charming’ will take viewers on a whirlwind journey through modern love and relationships in a way that only Logo can do.”  

"Finding Prince Charming” is produced by Brian Graden Media. Executive Producers for Brian Graden Media are Brian Graden and Dave Mace with Fred Birckhead and Nick Murray also serving as executive producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Stevenson Greene are Executive Producers for Logo and Jen Passovoy serves as producer. 

I'm sure I'll watch this, but one bone to pick—I don't think gay men are looking for Prince Charming; that reads as more traditionally female. But I'll give it a try.

Jun 17 2016
6-PACK — Melissa Etheridge's PULSE + Sen. Baldwin: THIS WAS A HATE CRIME + Republicans For Hillary + NEMESIS RISING Star To Wed + Beehive Creator, YA Author Die + Remembering Mother Jefferson! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Melissa Etheridge debuts “Pulse,” her contribution to the LGBT cause in the wake of the mass shooting.

*widget boy cultureSen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)—1st out person elected to the Senate—says of Orlando: “I want to stress that this was a hate crime.”

*widget boy cultureHighest-ranking Republican yet grudgingly declares he will back Hillary over Trump.

*widget boy cultureJoshua Miller, one of the twins from Logo's 2006 Jacob & Joshua: Nemesis Rising series, to get married on Saturday:

*widget boy cultureThe creator of the beehive hairdo has died at 98. Also RIP: Lois Duncan, YA suspense author of I Know What You Did Last Summer, has died at 82.

*widget boy cultureThis has to be a more loving, thorough tribute to Zara “Mother Jefferson” Cully than she received when she died 38 years ago!

Zara Cully Brown-1Zara Cully (Image via The Cully Family/CBS)

Jun 10 2016
6-PACK — Gay Love In Iraq + Noah Galvin Mans Up, Apologizes To Colton Haynes ... Who Ain't Feelin' It + Coming Out In The '60s + Queer Proposal + Deadbeat Trump + Obama's Slow Jam! Comments (0)

BtooHug“Iraqi solider Btoo and Iraqi translator for the American army Nayyef, find love in the very country where their love is banned.” (Movie still via LOGO)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiAbove: Out of Iraq, the greatest gay love story never told (till now), airs on LOGO June 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiNoah Galvin apologizes to Bryan Singer, Colton Haynes; Haynes does not accept:


A photo posted by Colton Haynes (@coltonlhaynes) on


6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiOne man's story of being closeted in the '60s, coming out in the '70s ... and finding acceptance and love.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiLea DeLaria proposes dropping LGBTQI (etc.) in favor of simply “queer.” Or do you despise that word?

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiTINY HANDS, BIG DEBTS: 100s of lawsuits claim Donald Trump is delinquent in paying monies due.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiPresident Obama gets cooler by the day, slow-jams the news with Fallon while smacking down Trump:

Feb 09 2016
On GAY SKIT HAPPENS, Daniel Franzese Revisits What Italian Moms Say Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 2.03.28 AMVideo still via Logo

From last night's premiere of Logo's Gay Skit Happens, check out the following video of Daniel Franzese reprising his role from his viral video Sh*t Italian Moms Say ...

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