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    June 24, 2007

    I second that emotion…

    Posted by: Chris

    Mario_cantone When I first heard the news that among the replacements being considered for Rosie O'Donnell on "The View" were three catty queens, my reaction was pretty much exactly what my friend Cyd Zeigler had to say over at The Dooryard:

    I'm bothered by the news that has popped up in the last 36 hours or so about The View looking for a gay guy to replace Rosie O'Donnell. Good idea, lots of gays are tuning in, it'd be interesting having that dynamic to play off the women. THIS is my problem: The guys they're looking at are Ross the Intern, Mario Cantone and Perez Hilton. Aaaaarrrghhhh!!! In other words, the only gay guys they want to have on are more catty and bitchy and feminine than Rosie was. Unfortunately, that's what the media (mainstream or gay) want to put out there as the face of gay men, so that's what we're stuck with.

    PerezhiltonfingerLike Cyd, I'm not hyper-sensitive about feminine gay guys or harbor illusions that to be masculine is to be "straight-acting," a phrase I disdain. But these hacks are essentially modern-day minstrels, mincing for money — the last thing they need is greater exposure.



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    1. jimbo on Jun 25, 2007 2:12:31 PM:

      Hey now, Ross the Intern is the sweetest guy in the universe. I can't get enough of him on Celebrity Fit Club. I wouldn't classify him as 'catty', but he is rather fey, but he clearly can't help it.

    1. Citizen Crain on Jun 25, 2007 3:31:04 PM:

      Right you are (or may well be), Jimbo. I should confess that I've never even once seen Ross the Intern because I am annoyed to distraction by anything having anything to do with Jay Leno. (At least the modern, neutered Leno. I saw him in concert in D.C. in the early '90s and he was edgy and hilarious.)

      So I'll reserve opinion on Ross. Fey is fine, forced and catty campy is what gets my goat.

    1. lexxicuss on Jun 25, 2007 4:35:38 PM:

      It took a while to fully understand that besides what you've already said, they just don't want the presence of another penis on that stage. No how, No way.

      I'd love to take that job, but a gay man would too quickly point out that- Babs is a dottering, placating old fool, and if I got one whiff of a soiled Depends coming from her, the gayboy would come out and I'd read her for fitlth. Joy spends way too much time pandering to 'her' people from Bklyn, who just need everything dumbed down and explained ad nauseum, and the way to finally shut Eliz up; ask her when her healthy, fit and able husband will be leaving the Jets and take up the mantle set down by Pat Tillman, and show up in Kabul to dodge some IED schrapnel.

      It just won't happen and so too keep us kinda sorta happy... Mincing is the way to go.

    1. Christian on Jun 30, 2007 6:16:17 PM:

      NO matter how you try to package it, Chris, slamming Mario Cantone et al as "mincing minstrels" is offensive to feminine guys like me. The idea that men being "catty" or "gossiping" is somehow worse than Rosie or Joy Behar doing it is the epitome of what's wrong in the gay male community.

    1. Malcontent on Jul 5, 2007 9:19:54 PM:

      Perez has an enormously popular blog, but he has never done or said a clever thing of his own. He'd sink like a stone on that show. He'd make Elisabeth Hasselbeck look like Rhodes Scholar.

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