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Queen for a Night --- Gay Hosts Undermine Talk Show Macho
Village Voice ^ | 04/02/03 | Joy Press

Posted on 04/08/2003 10:18:14 AM PDT by bedolido

've been watching Jimmy Kimmel's talk show for the last month, because he's the new host in town. I've heard him talk about football with Snoop Dogg and wrestling with Stone Cold Steve Austin. I've seen him repeatedly try to provoke ABC's censors by saying naughty words and making rude gestures (it's called flipping the bird where I come from, Jimmy, but it's usually fifth-graders who do it for kicks).

Like a lot of people, I picked up the late-night habit in college. My freshman roommate introduced me to clove cigarettes and Letterman, then in his irreverent prime with grotesque sidekick Larry "Bud" Melman. Nowadays, beyond a schoolgirl crush on Jon Stewart and a grudging admiration for Bill Maher's chutzpah, I have little use for the brotherhood of talk show hosts: Kimmel's frat-house pandering, Letterman with his jaded, dead eyes and lecherous banter, Leno the insipid ass-kisser, and Craig Kilborn's cruel smirk. All fill me with ennui.

Apparently, it's inconceivable to the networks that a woman could host a talk show after 4 p.m. So I've decided that if it's got to be a guy, let him be gay. Deep in the cable hinterland, two testosterone-free talk shows are quietly undermining the macho tradition: The Isaac Mizrahi Show, starting its third season this month on the women's network Oxygen, and So Graham Norton, a U.K. import on BBC America.

I like Mizrahi's show more than I ever liked the clothes he designed. He has the most organic interview style on TV. Although he sometimes fawns over his (mostly female) guests, Mizrahi's no toady. It always feels like genuine admiration, as if he's found a new best friend. "I love women because they're fearless," he says in a voice-over during the opening credits. I believe him. He also says, "Talk is better when you're doing something," and the show likes to keep guests in motion. Instead of trapping himself on a set with the requisite mahogany desk, Mizrahi spends most of his time doing ordinary stuff with guests: He chatted with Natalie Portman while grooming a dog, trimmed a tree with Christine Baranski, and played ping-pong with Janeane Garofalo.

Sometimes Mizrahi goes overboard with his gee-whizness. When a former SNL star took tango lessons with him, he gushed, "Wow, it's Molly Shannon!" How can anyone get that rapturous about Molly Shannon? But rather than making him overly distant or reverent, his puppy-doggish enthusiasm brings him closer to the guests. While dancing with Shannon, he inadvertently feels her up and gasps, "Are you wearing an underwire? Molly Shannon's wearing underwire!" Coming from someone like Letterman, the comment would've bordered on sexual assault, but from Mizrahi, it's adorable. Shannon responds gamely, "A girl needs support!"

I had assumed Mizrahi's charming manner would only work with female guests (most of them natural-born fag hags, like Baranski and Sarah Jessica Parker), until I screened an upcoming episode in which he spends a day tie-shopping with Conan O'Brien. As usual, Mizrahi's clad in his own haphazard version of shabby chic (pink shirt, black blazer, and bandanna worn like a do-rag). He's never looked more Semitic than he does standing beside Conan. They make a perfect double act: Conan cluelessly picks up ties, and Mizrahi riffs on them like Diana Vreeland let loose in Barneys. "That's a dis-gusting color," he splutters at one point. "That's the color of the Loews Cineplex Odeon—they use that for the upholstery!" In the limo afterward the duo has a more serious conversation about Conan's life and career. Mizrahi doesn't press his guests for dirt, but they usually offer some anyway, because who wouldn't want to make this man happy?

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: gay; kimmel

1 posted on 04/08/2003 10:18:14 AM PDT by bedolido
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2 posted on 04/08/2003 10:20:03 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: bedolido
Nowadays, beyond a schoolgirl crush on Jon Stewart and a grudging admiration for Bill Maher's chutzpah, ...

and on to the next thread...

3 posted on 04/08/2003 10:54:57 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const vector<tags>& theTags)
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To: bedolido
and played ping-pong with Janeane Garofalo.

(Mizrahi) So Janeane,

(ping)

(Mizrahi)..you're a peace activist now?

(boink)

(Garofalo) Ow!

4 posted on 04/08/2003 11:00:53 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: bedolido
Cripes.

Is there ANY gay stereotype she DIDN'T bring up and ADMIRE!

She hit every derogatory, insulting, stereotype possible: from "fag-hags" as guests, to feeling people up in public, to hairdressers, to the language, the sensitivity, the "gays aren't threatening (to middle-age women at lesat, those people they don't kill), to the pink shirt, to the non-fashion "sense" of Conan and "perfect" sense of the host, to the anti-macho attitude .....
5 posted on 04/08/2003 11:06:57 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (ABBCNNBCBS (continue to) Lie!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; xsmommy
I had assumed Mizrahi's charming manner would only work with female guests (most of them natural-born fag hags, like Sarah Jessica Parker)

Odd....you could substitute Sean Hannity for Mizrahi, and well for SJP.....I won't say it...but..... ; )

6 posted on 04/08/2003 11:12:04 AM PDT by hobbes1 ( Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: bedolido
...who wouldn't want to make this man happy?

Me. Quite the opposite.

7 posted on 04/08/2003 11:20:43 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (®)
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To: bedolido
More NORMALIZING being foisted on the American public.

***Click***

8 posted on 04/08/2003 11:21:02 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (FReepers.....An army to be reckoned with.)
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To: DoctorMichael
The greatest hosting job had to be Bruce Willis sitting in for Letterman with his personal backdrop of duct-taped plastic sheeting.
9 posted on 04/08/2003 11:31:01 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (Pardon my full metal jacket. Here's a steel tip for you.)
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To: bedolido
The Jimmy Kimmel show is lame. They must have a woman producer. He comes across as too mush like a beta to algore. (that is reallly pathetic.)
10 posted on 04/08/2003 11:37:05 AM PDT by longtermmemmory
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To: DoctorMichael
oxygen is still broadcasting?
11 posted on 04/08/2003 11:38:20 AM PDT by longtermmemmory
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To: NewRomeTacitus
I missed that. I guess I'm getting too old. I used to have a habit of not going to bed before the 'Top Ten' were performed.

The thing I'm getting sick of is every time The Comedy Channel has a standup comedy show the female comic they are highlighting invariably tells the audiance she's a lesbian. It seems 98.86% of the female comics are dykes. I've stopped watching these shows.

12 posted on 04/08/2003 11:39:05 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (FReepers.....An army to be reckoned with.)
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To: bedolido
All fill me with ennui.

in his dreams

13 posted on 04/08/2003 11:47:07 AM PDT by goo goo g'joob
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To: DoctorMichael
Madison avenue is directing television to women. Women are the largest group of TV viewers. They must believe hetersexual conservative men are "unreachables" who don't watch tv anyways. Its obvious they don't believe men make any contribution to the decision to buy a car. Name a commercial with a smart man and a stupid woman character.

I look to see more feminist slant and homosexualizing the family unit.
14 posted on 04/08/2003 11:47:21 AM PDT by longtermmemmory
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To: bedolido
I occasionally catch Conan when I can't sleep and I must admit the night he showed up for his monologue in shirt and tie picked by Mizrahi, he looked better than ever before. The colors were rather outrageous, mid-range pinks, corals, and purples, which enhanced Conan's red hair and made his too-pale skin glow. Mizrahi was guest that night and was fun in small doses. A show all his own would be a drag.
15 posted on 04/08/2003 12:36:49 PM PDT by PoisedWoman (Fed up with the liberal media)
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To: DoctorMichael
More NORMALIZING being foisted on the American public.

There's a sort of variety show on BBC America with an in your
face gay host.  It's actually pretty funny, though it tends to get
tedious after a while.  I wouldn't worry about him being a danger
to the US, though.  It's not like he's Attorney General Ashcroft who
is raping and strangling the Tenth Amendment to pious applause.

16 posted on 04/08/2003 5:19:17 PM PDT by gcruse (If they truly are God's laws, he can enforce them himself.)
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To: gcruse
There's a sort of variety show on BBC America with an in your face gay host. It's actually pretty funny........

Maybe so, but some people don't find the 'normalization' particularly funny. The poof-das in Britain have been known for their buggering of little boys for quite some time now and feel free to accept it. I guess its quite 'european' of them. For a good article and related links on just what the radical gay lobby has in store for the US's children read:
SELLING HOMOSEXUALITY

Its too bad this war came along and interrupted Attorney General Ashcroft's war on pornography. He was just starting to pick up some momentum. Theres a lot of scum out there tonight breathing a sigh of relief over this knowing they can have their kiddie porn and quietly push their agendas into the nations schools. In fact, there's even some here at Free Republic that are probably happy about this.

Regards

17 posted on 04/08/2003 5:48:00 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (FReepers.....An army to be reckoned with.)
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