For those of you who haven't seen The A-List New York gurl are you in for a surprise and not necessarily a pleasant one. After watching like 2 episodes I could watch no more. As a screaming queen it had me running out of the house looking for ver- jay-jay in disgust. Alright maybe not that level of disgust but you get the picture. This group of spoiled camp brats really have no idea about anything outside of the gay bubble and really don’t represent my people or how most of us wanna be or be viewed.
Some of them are even so camp they need subtitles I mean come on girlfriend get it together. If this is all LOGO can come as far as a gay reality show goes they really need to fire the A&R people. This is the first all gay reality show I have ever heard of and to be honest if this is the standard I hope it is the last as every single member of the cast is cut from the same pink fabric. There is no difference between any of them and it’s as though they advertised for the campest, most stereotypical queens in the state.
The concerning thing is the program makers must be aware of how these mo’s come across and that they add credence to the ideology that all gay men are stupid, fickle, bitchy, limp wristed pansies who will cry at the drop of a hat. I honestly believe programming like this sets back gay people several decades as it’s like San Francisco circa 1972. Before you say "Oh Xander you need to watch more episodes to get to know the characters" believe me, all I want from these characters is for them to admit they are heterosexual and just bad actors.
The singer (for want of a better word) Reichen (born Richard) is clearly delusional and doesn’t need singing lessons he needs a different hobby. Clearly this guy is surrounded by gofers and yes men who are either too scared or too stupid to tell him he can’t sing. He was the winner of The Amazing Race and really should have used his time with Lance Bass better to at least learn how to hold a tune. Apparently he is about to make his Broadway debut but I doubt Perez Hilton will be there for the opening night given their history of a love hate relationship. His single “I love you up to the sky” which is apparently about #DADT is sure to wow the deaf community. TJ apparently has pre ordered 1000000 copies out of sheer adoration.
Fights are a common place in this show and its pocket books at dawn as a regular feature. Austin (Marc Jacob’s ex) and his boyfriend fight more than me and my Jewish mother but the violence is kinda disturbing to say the least. Having said that I really am left wanting to beat them all up and I don’t have a violent bone in my body. The physical fights are very girly and not to make light of domestic violence, they are very comedic to say the least. Lots of slapping and scratching and a little punching thrown in just to add that butch edge NOT!
Mike Ruiz who is a celeb photog has appeared several times on Ru-Paul’s Drag Race (AKA Ru-Paul’s Black Race) seemed to be the Daddy of the group and for me was like the saving grace of the whole operation. Although camp as tits the guy is very likeable and the kinda guy you could have a beer with. The bio says that he is part of the A-List that captures the A-List on film and I can live with that after all he is good friends with Kathy Griffin and that’s practically Hollywood royalty. Less queeny than all of the others I kinda felt he was totally out of place and often has a “help get me the fuck out of here” look on his face. Go Mike Ruiz!
I have to wonder how much of the show is scripted because in reality can anyone really be that camp all day, all night, 24/7? I know personally I am openly a little queeny but these guys make me look straight which is no mean feat. Add to this equation Wendy Williams to break down the first season and more new words than a night with Sarah Palin which I can refudiate, the shit really does hit the fan.
Austin who was clothed for a change and didn’t strip was now besties with Derek and Ryan who was stinking of peroxide and I could smell it from my sofa with his hooker red lipstick to boot. Wendy struggled to keep a straight face throughout and clearly saw through the stereotyped act and misguided B.S while Brazilian born Rodney and Reichen split and got back together then split again several times during the show.
Wendy who said she was a fan of the show struggled to keep order amongst this meeting of the mo’s and really seemed like she wanted to laugh throughout. She brought the show to its basest point when she asked Austin which of the other 5 guys he wanted to sleep with. I am sure looks wise he wanted them all but on a personality level I’d rather be single. I know everyone has issues but these guys are fricking problem magnets and everything is a drama for them on an ongoing basis, but for me you can keep them.
This group of homosexuals really don’t add to my pride and clearly do not highlight a lifestyle that either myself or anyone I know, want or aspire too and frankly it’s insulting. It makes all gay men seem like retards with a pen chance for promiscuity and clearly this is not representive of all gay people. It is scary how we will watch any old crapola if it has a gay person in it, let alone a group of gay people. I am saddened that this is what LOGO managed to come up given the excellent standard of programming to date. I am sure they won’t be making my sitcom now I’ve slated their show so thank heavens NBC are interested lol. I'm off now to watch some straight porn NOT!
Peace and Luv, Xan x
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Xander Gibb has written for many publications and writes with an unapologetic response to the world around.