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The A-List: New York

I read some very nasty reviews about Logo's new show "The A-List: New York". Before I could criticize, I watched two episodes in their entirety. I think I could feel my I.Q. dropping. Before I comment, let's see what some popwatch viewers had to say:

"Gay culture is so superficial. Like I really need something else to tell me that I’m not pretty enough, thin enough, toned enough, or rich enough to compete in this world? Isn’t that why we have Out magazine?

I’m kind of joking, but mostly serious. I don’t know why I need to watch a bunch of men who wouldn’t give me the time of day if I ran into them at a club (assuming I could even get into said club). Thanks, but no thanks, Logo" - Mike

"Eek. I made it through 26 seconds of the trailer before shutting it off. It looks incredibly distasteful, materialistic, and shallow — just a bunch of bitchy glamour pusses who think they’re more important than they actually are. At least the Real Housewives franchise is worth it for the comedy and the ridiculousness. This just seems awful." - Anonymous

"An embarrassment to ordinary gay men everywhere! Is it possible to hate people after seeing them for a little over a minute? This clip seems to prove that it is. What a bunch of superficial idiots. Of course I’ll be watching just so that I can mock them." - Bouionice

The popwatch reviews are actually kind to the show. There weren't any comments about how flamboyantly GAY these guys were. They were obviously moulded by a straight society's beliefs of how they believe gay men should behave: Speaking with lisps, walking with hands on swinging hips. Gawd!

I can honestly say I haven't seen (or at least I haven't noticed) any of these guys at the places I've been to in NYC, and trust me -- my normal haunts are much more varied than just The Eagle or Ty's.

The only "A-List" these queens are on exists only in their minds and the minds of their friends. It's a house of cards that many "Chelsea boys" discover simply falls apart when you hit 30 (unless you make some very smart choices early on). Truly sad.

I can't help but feel embarrassed for the guys in this show -- as once the hallucinations induced by their spray-on tans fade away, they'll see what fools they've been for years to come in re-run after re-run on Logo.

But don't take my word for it -- watch it yourself and judge!

HEY! Trey Parker and Matt Stone: If you think you had fun with New Jersey this week, just imagine what you can do with material like this!!

Bear City

In other A-List news (smirk) -- keep your eyes peeled for K.K., Carlin and myself as "background" in the movie "Bear City" -- now on the big screens in New York City for a limited engagement! They just had their opening night screening & party this past Friday...

The Story: "It’s summer in New York City, and the neighbourhood bears are coming out of hibernation. A group of friends is getting ready for the annual week-long celebration of all things bear, but plans keep getting turned upside down. BearCity is Queer As Folk meets Sex in the City — only with more hair and tons of hot bear-on-bear action!

Closet cub Tyler fantasizes about stuffing Santa’s stocking and finding a Daddy bear to do more than cuddle. But as he dives into the bear community, he finds that it can be hard for a hairless guy to get some fuzzy loving. Scene stealers Brent and Fred are the maybe-not-so-monogamous couple who invite him to move in as they figure out how to spice things up.

Southern bear-belle Michael struggles to juggle his lover, his job search and his body image issues, but an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction might solve all three. Rakish Roger is the stud-about-town, and he’ll pretty much bang (on screen) anyone with facial hair. That is, until an awesomely awkward encounter at the local bowling alley challenges both his bowling prowess and his bear-loving mojo. Add to that some adorable eye-candy, an indispensable fairy-god-roommate, beer busts and “stroller meat,” and BearCity makes for a beartastic summertime romp."

Bear City is a TLA Releasing production.


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Oct. 17th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
i saw the trailer for bearcity and it looks adorable!

i also got excited b/c he tries on the 'trophy cub' shirt i bought at IML this year. haha.
Oct. 17th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I get to see it on the 25th, when next weeks' work-week is over.

This evening, I'm going to see Inside Job, a movie about the financial meltdown.

'Inside Job' is the first film to provide a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.
Oct. 17th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
The A-List: New York......I take it the A is for Assholes.....OMG......you have got to be fucking kidding me. I don't know fags like that and I never want to. Shallow.....Petty.......I could go on.

I'm starting my own reality show; the F-List: Everywhere.......fisting, fucking, feasting, and fabulous.

Oct. 17th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a much better show!!
Oct. 18th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
From Next Magazine...
Why Does Everyone Already Hate The A-List: New York (When they haven't even seen it yet?) by Benjamin Solomon

Disgusting. Awful. Foul. Over the last few weeks we’ve heard a lot of strong words used in reference to Logo’s highly buzzed-about new docu-soap, The A-List: New York. Perez Hilton has named it “The Worst Future Show on Television!” Even the Logo-affiliated blog, AfterElton.com, called the show “insufferable.” It seems that while all anyone has seen is a trailer (the show doesn’t premiere until October 4), everyone already knows they hate it.

Tag-lined “Housewives with Balls” (really?), The A-List: New York follows six self-anointed “A-listers” through their adventures in the Big Apple. It stars some people you may have heard of, namely The Amazing Race’s Reichen Lehmkuhl and celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz, and plenty of people you haven’t. The trailer shows them riding on yachts, getting facials, flamboyantly gasping, and participating in the requisite reality-show slap; basically everything that’s ever happened on The Real Housewives of… or The Hills, other hyper-self-aware reality programs that play up the drama and play down the “reality” for big ratings.

But while gay men notoriously love The Countesses and Audrina Patridges of the world, their reaction to The A-List has been very different, one of anger, shame and disappointment. So what exactly is it about The A-List that has infuriated and insulted New York’s gay community? Isn’t it just mindless entertainment and we should just all learn to relax? Or should we be holding our fellow gay New Yorkers—i.e., the show’s stars and producers—to a higher standarde?

To better understand the furor over The A-List, we must go back to the beginning: Two years ago, VP for Original Programming at Logo/MTV Network’s Christopher Willey took a pitch from producers Scott King and Daniel Gonzales. “They did not say let’s do The Real Gay Housewives,” Willey acknowledges, but they did want to do an all male docu-series, which Logo had yet to attempt in their then three-year existence. “Something capturing the glamour of New York City—the beautiful people, beautiful places. That was the original pitch.”

Knowing the success of the Housewives phenomenon—which followed six wealthy wives through their extravagant lifestyles in various cities, including New York—Willey and his team began to explore the idea. But before any concrete decisions could be made, the show found its way into the press. In August 2009, Gawker staff writer (and former Next Magazine editor) Brian Moylan was sent a tip that the people behind Real Housewives of Atlanta were casting an all-gay version of the franchise in New York. “It started off with the premise of men who either were—or were looking to be—kept by wealthy older men…[It was] originally called Kept,” explains Moylan, a concept he thinks initially sparked disdain. “It just seemed to focus on the most negative and stereotypical aspects of gay culture. When you think about Housewives, that’s exactly what those shows do. They focus on these greedy, flashy, fame-whore insane characters. It became abundantly clear that [with Kept] we would be getting a ‘gay housewives’ show as well.”

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