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April 6, 2006

super-gay thursday post

Tyra falls. Will Western civilization fall with her?

Even more rings found around Uranus. With all these new discoveries of the abundance of rings found around Uranus, it's hard to keep up.

Not two, but SIX gay cowboys - ON ICE! Ever since my ex brainwashed me to watch competitive ice skating, I've got a soft (hard?) spot for graceful ice skaters - with cowboy hats is even better.

OK, which one of you queens signed me up for an International Male catalog subscription? Really, have you ever seen me wearing anything in that overdone Los Angeles style of clothing? But when I opened it up I noticed that the extreme clothing styles notable from their 80s catalog run have become a little more subdued - or is it that I've become more used to such styles? My mind reels...

Hot, smart bloggers: plasticaisle, meanwhile and bent collective.

Much discussion on Queer Beacon regarding the purportedly homophobic Dodge commercial. I've seen it on TV, and don't think it's anti-gay, just anti-fey. Up until the last scene, the fairy was pretty much in-line with what fairies do - causing trouble, being whimsical and casting spells. I've played Dungeons and Dragons for over 20 years, so I'm highly qualified to comment on fairy behavior.

As for the last scene, the tough guy was just calling the fairy out as a fairy until she turned him preppy. I don't know a whole lot of gay men who dress like he does post-transmutation. Plus you have to notice that he's wearing WHITE shorts after the enchantment is cast - and it's not even Memorial Day yet. Truly a most horrible curse to be transformed into a poorly-coordinated pre-80s preppy straight guy. The joke is on him, as gay men know it's a ill-timed choice of springwear.

Posted by jimbo at April 6, 2006 1:56 PM

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I'm sure Tyra was just trying to make the world stop thinking about how self-absorbed and psycho models like Naomi Campbell make everyone else look.

I think you'd look great in that white vest & matching white pants. It looks like a dress, and nothing shows off "back" like a dress.

Posted by: copperred at April 6, 2006 2:49 PM

It is interesting to see how people react differently to the fairy ad. If you read the comments on Pam and Towle, you'll go crazy. I'll post on that later. Jimbo, I like your take on the issue. Witty as usual.

Posted by: Queer Beacon at April 6, 2006 3:27 PM

I well remember when International Male when through their VPH phase (visible penis head).

Posted by: homer at April 6, 2006 3:47 PM

Hmm... Wizards has embraced the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. How Changeling of them.

(Yes, I'm one of those dirty White Wolf players. But I still love D&D.)

Posted by: Justin Cognito at April 6, 2006 6:04 PM

I got one of those retched International Male mags this week also. The only thing that was ever good about that mag was the VPH.

Posted by: mike at April 6, 2006 6:54 PM

Before there was the Internet, gay men lived for VPH.

Posted by: Aaron at April 7, 2006 4:37 AM

Isn't the wearing white thing a myth and you can wear white, when ever, where ever because this is Am-ar-ric-ah, and we have the right to whatever we darned well please?

Posted by: Marie at April 7, 2006 9:47 AM

Well Marie, of course I could wear paisley boxer shorts with my rainbow tie-dye and a beige skullcap with ruby slippers I suppose. You are right of course.

Posted by: jimbo at April 7, 2006 9:53 AM

Don't discount the "snack fairy" from CommercialCloset.org:

Two cowboys lean against a fence in a rural setting. The shot is a nod to the movie Brokeback Mountain, conjuring a gay motif. One of the cowboys asks the other, "So you're saying he's a fairy?" His friend responds, "A snack fairy."

The snack fairy, a foolish man in a tutu (Colin Mochrie of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"), is the centerpiece of an ongoing campaign for the brand. He is running from a tractor: "Help? A little help!"

Without acknowledging the fairy's plight, the first cowboy asks the other, "And he brought you gifts?" His friend replies, "Yup, he brought these." Pleased, he thinks aloud: "Fig Newtons? 100% whole-grain?"

"They're good actually," his friend adds.

"Yup, they are good."

One of the cowboys shouts to the snack fairy, who is now riding the tractor, "We love your cookies, Sir!"

The incompetent snack fairy shouts back, "What?!" He proceeds to fall backwards off the tractor: "Ahh!!"

The cowboy reacts by yelling, "Walk it off, snack fairy!"

The snack fairy pops up from under the brush to say, "Snack Happy!"

Despite the ongoing appearance of the Snack Fairy in other ads, it is the first to directly address the cross-dressing nature of the character. The ad earns a Stereotypes rating because it plays off of the age-old reference to gay men as "fairies," a homophobic slur used unambiguously. While some might find it humorous, many others will find it offensive.

A way to remedy the commercial's treatment of the subject would be to have the cowboy address the snack fairy with a more indifferent tone, as opposed to a bossy and belittling one.

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Ok, is it me, or is the Caliber actually not that bad looking a compact? I must be crazy!

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