Ted Allen, from TV's Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, made a few comments about how he thinks the TV show helped change a generation of TV viewers. I'll comment below, but read it all, not just the first part.
“When we made Queer Eye, we never saw ourselves as important or as activists. We were proud of being out. We were the first television show, that I know of, that had an entirely openly gay cast… I’ll never forget the first time I watched Matt Lauer try to say the word ‘queer’ on TV. I mean, it’s not a word people threw around a lot, and it was a very political word. I didn’t like the title at the beginning. I’ve come to realize I was wrong, because I think the provocative nature of it was balanced with the sweetness of the way the show ran most of the time. It worked out… The main thing about Queer Eye that I will say is that, in an era before the Internet was everywhere, we heard from hundreds, probably thousands, of gay kids who said, ‘Thank you for putting some gay people on TV that my parents can actually like. Firefighters liked us, cops, marines. I mean, it was a very good show."
I actually do remember, and I remember it very well, the first time I watched Queer Eye For the Straight Guy. At first, I was excited/eager because it was a gay TV show, with gay people. There was nothing else gay on TV. Then I watched one episode and that was enough for me...and for Tony. We just looked at each other and shook our heads. When we mentioned the show to friends after that, our friends basically felt the same way we did. That's because there was nothing at all to which we, as gay men, could relate.
However, I'm not knocking the show. I think it did help push gay people forward in its own limited way. And when you look at something collectively that way, that's never a bad thing. I'm also sure there were many gay men who could relate to the show, and there's nothing wrong with that either. So it did have an impact on gay and pop culture in some ways.
As you would imagine, the comments are mixed, which shows just how diverse gay men can be. That's the thing I'm always hoping people "get." Not all of us care about fashion, fabrics, and accessories. Many of us care more about cars and baseball.
The rest is here.
One Million Moms Go After...Yogurt!!
The title is pretty self-explanatory. The anti-gay crusaders known as One Million Moms are now going after a yogurt company because the yogurt company featured lesbians in an advertisement. Lesbians in a bed, wearing wedding rings.
Within moments, that spectral organization known as One Million Moms rose up from the gulley in which it sleeps, instantaneously firing out a nutso press release that reads in part: “Chobani should be ashamed of their latest commercial for attempting to normalize sin by featuring two women naked in bed together… This commercial not only promotes same sex relationships by including two lesbians, but also same-sex marriage because the two women wear matching wedding bands.”
You can read the rest here. The comments are worth checking out here, too. I just wish they wouldn't use ableist language so often...words like "nutso." That's wrong and I don't think I'm being too PC about that. We don't snark that way about cancer or any other illness and we shouldn't be doing it to people who have emotional illnesses.
Someone in the comments also mentions that the "One Million" part of this group of moms isn't accurate. I don't know that for certain, though.
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